Athens County Mayor Resigns Amid Charges Of Theft In Office

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A man who resigned as mayor of an Athens County village this week faces charges of theft in office and grand theft.

George Pallo of Jacksonville is charged with two counts each of theft in office and grand theft.

According to the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, Pallo, 56, took funds designated for the village and deposited them in the Jacksonville Fire fund 501©3 and used some for personal use.

The alleged theft occurred from Jan. 1, 2011 until December of 2012, officials said.

The prosecutor also said that Pallo opened a credit card in the village’s name without authorization to purchase a lawn mower, while indicating to village officials that he had used the money from the Jacksonville Fire fund 501©3 for the purchase.

The village owes more than $5,000 for the lawnmower, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Pallo also is accused of writing checks to “cash” out of the fire fund for both legitimate and personal expenses totaling more than $19,000.

“We are happy to assist the prosecutor’s office with this investigation,” said Athens Agent-in-Charge Erik Lockhart in a release Thursday. “This kind of activity is unfortunate, you have two locations that believed their charitable gaming proceeds were going to the village charity when it was actually going to one individual for personal gain.”

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