Ohio sports booster pleads guilty in embezzlement

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Southwest Ohio prosecutors say a longtime high school sports booster has pleaded guilty in an embezzlement case.

The Warren County prosecutor's office says 61-year-old Thomas Harves of Springboro pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated theft. Common Pleas Judge James Flannery ordered a presentencing investigation.

Prosecutors say the man signed and cashed more than 300 unauthorized checks from the Spring Athletics Boosters account, totaling more than $400,000. They say he paid back much of the money.

He had served on the boosters' board as president and later treasurer.

Police say they found no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved in embezzling funds from the boosters. Board members had gone to the Springboro police department in 2012 with their concerns.

A message for comment was left Thursday at Harves' home.

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