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Arraignment set for sheriff charged with corruption

Arraignment set for sheriff charged with corruption
Posted February 10th, 2014 @ 7:41am by The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) --The sheriff of Athens County, charged with corruption, is due in court Monday.

Pat Kelly faces arraignment on 25 charges including theft in office, tampering with records and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The 63-year-old Kelly, who was indicted Jan. 31, said he is innocent and confident he will be exonerated.

Kelly is accused of improperly using public funds to buy meals and personal apparel, selling county property to a scrapyard, stealing copper wire from a county garage and failing to keep a cashbook tracking money he received in an official capacity, among other allegations.

The indictment also said his campaign didn't properly handle and report donations, and funneled money through a personal bank account.

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