Springer pleads not guilty
NEW LEXINGTON- Thornville resident Martha “Marty” Springer pleaded not guilty to a fourth degree felony embezzlement charge July 3 in Perry County court. She entered her plea to a Bill of Information.
According to the bill, she allegedly stole between $5,000 and $100,000 from the now defunct Tips for Tots organization between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2010.
“This is commonly referred to as embezzlement,” said Judge James Luse, presiding over the July 3 hearing. Springer waived her right to a grand jury.
Ohio Attorney General Public Information Officer Jill Del Greco said she could not discuss how Springer became a suspect or the evidence against her because the case is under investigation, but she did say the maximum penalty if Springer is found guilty is $5,000 and 18 months in prison. However, based on Springer’s record under Ohio law, Del Greco said Springer may receive a suspended prison sentence, but she was not certain.
Perry County Board of Elections member Frank Correll said the exact amount of money that Springer allegedly stole is still being determined. Springer’s attorney could not be reached for comment and a hearing was not yet scheduled as of July 11.