- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - A former central Ohio court clerk has pleaded guilty to charges involving corruption in public office.

Authorities say former Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah Smalley and her husband, David, stole nearly $121,000 in salaries paid for work by county employees on her political campaigns.

Smalley pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of theft in office and attempted theft in office. Prosecutors dismissed 11 remaining charges against her.

Special Prosecutor Robert F. Smith says the plea is fair to both sides.

Smalley’s lawyer didn’t immediately respond to a message.

Smalley has been ordered to pay more than $27,000 in restitution and faces a maximum of 4 ½ years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 23.

David Smalley has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for September.

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