Ohio AG: state billed for strip club trips

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man has been convicted of aggravated theft for taking developmentally disabled people to bars and strip clubs while billing Ohio for providing services to the disabled.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Marc Cox of Canal Winchester was sentenced last week in Columbus to five years of community control and ordered to pay $166,000 in restitution to the state.

Cox's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

Investigators say Cox was not an authorized care provider and billed the state using provider information of a nonprofit Columbus organization that served the disabled individuals.

Investigators say Cox also would drop off the individuals at a house to watch TV and play video games, and sometimes billed for more than 24 hours in a day.

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