By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - A former school employee is going to prison for stealing thousands of dollars from the northwest Ohio district.

Eric Whitson was sentenced to ten years in prison Monday in Bowling Green.

Whitson was an accounts receivable clerk for the Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools. He was arrested in 2014 on accusations he was writing checks from the district to repay money he’d stolen from the Bowling Green Bobcat Athletic Boosters.

Whitson, who was fired, pleaded guilty last month to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft in office, aggravated theft, money laundering, and tampering with records.

The 31-year-old Bowling Green man must also pay nearly $800,000 in restitution to the district and the boosters group.

His attorney said Whitson started gambling and made some “very poor decisions.”

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