- Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - The chief probation officer has been charged with stealing $3,500 from a western Pennsylvania county to pay for martial arts lessons he never took.

Washington County District Attorney Eugene Vittone says 47-year-old Daniel Clements, of Aliquippa, submitted an invoice to the county for that amount, then received a kickback of at least $1,800 from a martial arts studio even though he never took the lessons there in June 2013.

According to a criminal complaint, the owner of the studio told county investigators that Clements had “training funds that had to be used or lost” and asked the owner to send him an invoice for the lessons. The owner assumed Clements would eventually take the lessons, but he never did.

Clements’ defense attorney didn’t immediately return a request for comment Sunday. Clements faces an Oct. 22 preliminary hearing.

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