2008-04-19 / News

Wayward fundraiser gets four years

By Scott Rawdon

NEWARK- Licking County Common Pleas Judge Thomas Marcelain recently sentenced Rick Canter to four years and nine months in state prison. Canter is also required to pay $9,500 in restitution. According to a Nov. 15 indictment, Canter stole nearly $10,000 from an elderly victim.

Canter is best known to Buckeye Lake area residents as the person soliciting funds to pay off the balance still owed on the unique motorcyle monument Clint Harris designed for his wife, Tami. She died in an automobile accident in October 2005 and Clint contacted with a Sandusky monument company to create the special grave stone. Both Harrises were avid bikers.

Clint was killed in a construction accident six months after his wife's death, leaving about half of the cost still unpaid.

Canter took up a community collection, claiming to have raised over $5,000 from friends and family to pay off the monument in 2006, but the monument company only received a fraction of that money. No charges have been filed in that incident.

According to a Nov. 15 indictment, Canter stole nearly $10,000 from an elderly victim.s, including the money intended to pay the remainder of the Harrises' memorial.

Earlier this year, friends of the Harrises struggled to keep the memorial from being repossessed after the monument company tired of Canter's excuses. Resident Gary Webb organized another collection effort that paid off the balance and stopped the repossession.

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