Alleged Charity Thief Applies For Diversion


The former director of the Ross County Assistance House charity Bud Scharfetter is applying for the diversion program in hopes of avoiding conviction on 23 counts of forgery and one count of grand theft.

Scharfetter allegedly stole $62,672 from the charity during his time as director.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports that more than $2,000 went to the Ross County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where he also served as director, and some money went to his business, IM-Media Broadcasting.

According to the paper, Scharfetter withdrew his not guilty plea Thursday and handed over a check for stolen funds.

The Chillicothe Gazette says Scharfetter will be back in court Nov. 26 to enter a guilty plea and announce his application to the diversion program.

If Scharfetter completes the diversion program, the charges will be dropped.

If he fails to complete the program, the court will continue with the charges.

According to the Chillicothe Gazette, the program lasts one year.

If Scharfetter is accepted, he will be evaluated for proper treatment and classes.

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