Former Mt. Sterling Administrator Heading to Prison

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The former Administrator for the village of Mt. Sterling has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for using the village's credit cards for personal expenses.

In a plea deal, Joseph Johnson is also ordered to repay the money taken in the scheme. Johnson plead guilty to felony charges including theft in office, money laundering, and tampering with records.

Prosecutors alleged that Johnson spent over $700,000 on things like cars and automotive accessories prior to his indictment last year.

In an effort to recoup some of the money, Johnson forfeited his property in Jackson County, and numerous vehicles that were seized in the search warrant that was executed last summer.

The financial audits cost over $43,000, according the Auditor of State Dave Yost, which Johnson will also be held responsible for restitution.

The plea deal prevents Johnson from being sentenced to a maximum 29 years in prison on over 30 counts he was originally charged.

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