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Little League thief to serve prison time

Published 12:14pm Thursday, August 30, 2012

The wife of the former treasurer of the Ironton National Little League accepted her punishment for stealing more than $22,000 from the organization.

Sondra K. Gayhart, 49, of 2427 S. Seventh St., was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Gayhart had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of fifth-degree theft and one count of fifth-degree forgery on Aug. 3. As a part of a plea negotiation, 40 other counts were dropped.

Judge Charles Cooper also ordered Gayhart to pay $1,000 in restitution to the Little League.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson said the $1,000 was the cost of an insurance deductible the organization paid to have its loss of $22,689.51 covered.

An investigation that began last November led to the charges against Gayhart, who wrote and cashed checks from the Little League account between January 2010 and December 2011.

Amounts cashed from the checks ranged from as little as a few hundred dollars to $2,500.

  • bigkahuna

    This can not be compared to a federal bank job.

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  • Poor Richard

    I suspect the person in the courthouse was a relative or friend of one or more county officials. It would be interesting to know for sure.

    The other thief in the treasurers office several years ago was related to the former county auditor AND COUNTY REPUBLICAN HEAD WATER BUFFALO.

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  • crackerjack

    So if you rob a bank or steal a car and return the money and the car that is supposed to make it right? Was this person given the opportunity to pay the money back? I seriously doubt it. Three years in prison or pay back the money? I don’t know anyone who would choose 3 years in prison given the choice.

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  • bigkahuna

    I think that it makes a difference when the money is payed back.

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  • crackerjack

    She gets 3 years in prison yet a courthouse employee caught stealing more money gets a slap on the hands. What is the difference? I just don’t get it. What makes one more punishable than the other?

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