Ken Leimberger Cathye J Bunthoff Lending a holiday helping hand G’Town Christmas Parade enjoyed by spectators Mt. Orab Auto Mall collects over 1,100 canned goods for local families “Celebration of Lights” held at fairgrounds Thirteen indicted by grand jury Lady Warriors hit the hardwood with high expectations Warriors reload after graduating four starters Six seniors hit the hardwood for Rockets Lady Rockets packed with size, talent Lady G-Men to rely heavily on young talent G-Men seek improvement after last year’s three-win season Skilled crew on the return for the Blue Jays Broncos begin quest for SBAAC American Div. crown Lady Broncos working hard toward SBAAC American Div. title after finishing as league runner-up last season Experienced crew of Lady Jays return to the hardwood Stephen C Foster Mary J Fitzgerald Tyler Hesler Herbert Polley Robert Layton Donald H Layton James T Smith Thomas M Calvert Thomas J Wolfer Cropper coaches way to 500th career victory Ohio’s Deer-Gun Season opens with more than 18,000 deer harvested Lady Broncos face talented Wilmington squad in season opener at Western Brown SHAC teams hit the hardwood for annual Boys Basketball Preview Western’s Leto and Jones excel in sophomore season of XC Lady Rockets open season with victory over Hillsboro Gary P Garrison Rev Larry T Allen Georgetown, Eastern MS honored by state Woodruff updates Chamber of Commerce Operation Christmas Child reaching out overseas G’town Christmas Parade Dec. 3 Ronald E Blessing Sharlee R West June A Goecke Rockets earn OVAL honors Ogden Court dedication set for Dec. 10 Jays host Broncos for OHSAA Foundation Game Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season SHAC holds Girls Basketball Preview Foreclosure filed on former Meadowwood Care Facility Ten indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Nature Works Grant funds for new Senior Playground Shop with a Cop looking for donations and support BC Beekeepers Association busy rescuing honey bees Hilda F Steele Ronald L Palmer Bruce E Phillips Elizabeth J Ellison Daniel L Turner Cook inducted into OIAAA Hall of Fame Eastern honors Coach Kiser G-Men, Devils battle it out in OHSAA Foundation Game Jester is OVAL Football Player of the Year Ipad program a success in Georgetown schools Powih sentenced to six years on rape charges Air Evac team to get new headquarters building in Georgetown Four sentenced in Brown County Common Pleas Court Homer C Eldridge Dennis D Johnson SBAAC First Team soccer all-stars take home awards Ohio’s Deer-gun hunting season quickly approaching League champ Lady Broncos recognized at fall sports banquet SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, league champion teams Irene D Thurman County GOP sweeps at ballot box Landfill project to provide electricity Three indicted by County Grand Jury BREAKING ELECTION NEWS Wanda L Nixon Ella A Moon David Rogers Joanna W Carter Ann L Yeary Tony Gacek Rigdon finishes 3rd in Pickerington Div. III Regional Meet, advances to OHSAA XC State Tournament Week 10 football roundup Linkous named SBAAC American Division Soccer Player of the Year SHAC awards boys golf all-stars, winning teams Donald L Bauer Andrew W Brown Early voting still going strong at Election Board Tree ordinance brings more questions at G’Town Council Steele named new mayor in R’ville ABCAP’s Reproductive Center receives $2,000 from Jaymie Jamison Foundation Robert E Bailey Myrtle L Stiltner Etta M Mays Kathleen A Holden Eastern XC teams head to Regional Meet A season to remember Lady Warriors finish runner-up in SHAC Div. I Lady Broncos finish season 10-8-1
web1_MUGSHOTS_34073960-1-.jpg

Former church treasurer Miles Harrigan indicted after allegedly stealing nearly $18,000 from Lake Waynoka Community Chapel

A former church treasurer is facing up to a year and a half in prison for allegedly laundering $18,000 from Lake Waynoka Community Chapel.

Miles A. Harrigan, 49, of Georgetown, was indicted by the Brown County Grand Jury in the Brown County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 10 with one count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony. According to the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office, Harrigan is alleged to have spent nearly $18,000 of church funds for himself, creating unauthorized bank cards and making unauthorized ATM withdrawals, including withdrawing money at local casinos and bowling alleys.

(The church board) was able to identify multiple unauthorized transactions,” Brown County First Prosecuting Assistant Zac Corbin said. “Going though 2013, 2014, and 2015 through the end of July, we were able to identify nearly $18,000 of theft that occurred.” The $18,000 number is just what they can identify, hinting that Harrigan could have allegedly stolen even more money of which there may be no record of any financial transaction.

Corbin said a notice for a water bill that was past due alerted church members that something was amiss. The church treasurer was supposed to have two people sign all church checks, but Harrigan allegedly signed numerous checks on his own.

According to Corbin, the funds came out of the church’s general fund, a building fund, and a children’s fund, which was used by members to purchase gifts for needy children.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Corbin said. “We are bringing a forensic accountant from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to take a look at all the bank statements.”

If convicted, Harrigan is facing a maximum of 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Corbin confirmed that if convicted, the BCPO would be seeking restitution for the church as part of the sentence.

According to records filed with the court of common pleas, Harrigan was arraigned on Sept. 14 and was released on $20,000 bond. He has been ordered to have no contact with Lake Waynoka, the Lake Waynoka Community Chapel, or any Lake Waynoka employees.

In a separate, unrelated case, Matthew Smith and Jessica Barnett were both indicted following an alleged incident on Aug 7 that left Barnett unconscious from a drug overdose. According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the Brown County Municipal Court, Smith gave Barnett, his off-and-on girlfriend for the past few years, heroin in a syringe to use. After initially lying to law enforcement, Smith admitted he had traveled to Cincinnati to purchase heroin and then gave the last bit of the heroin he had to Smith, which she used prior to overdosing.

Barnett, in an interview with law enforcement in the affidavit, said she had been sober for 32 days and had come to Smith’s apartment to pack up her personal belongings so she could move in with her mother. According to a Margaret Smith in the affidavit, Smith had spent the past month in jail but was released on a child support warrant.

After Barnett was transported by Georgetown Fire and EMS to Mt. Orab Mercy and successfully treated, she was transported to the Georgetown Police Department, where she was read her Miranda rights, and then sent to the Brown County Adult Detention Center where she was held on charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug abuse instruments. Matthew Smith was also that evening transported to the Brown County Jail.

On Sept. 10, the Brown County Grand Jury charged Matthew Smith with one count of corrupting another with drugs, a second-degree felony, trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and possessing drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Barnett was charged with possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, and possessing drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Barnett was discharged from the Brown County jail on Sept. 11 on $5,000 bond, with additional orders to report weekly to Brown County Probation officers and submit to drug screenings.

Matthew Smith remains in the Brown County jail on $50,000 bond, as of press time.

Also indicted by the Brown County Grand Jury were:

Raleigh Campbell, 62, of Georgetown, on one count of having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony, with specification for forfeiture of a weapon, specially a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun.

Jonathan T. Moore, 22, of Cincinnati, on one count of trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, with specification for forfeiture of a gun, specifically a Ruger .45 caliber handgun, and one count of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, with specification for forfeiture of a weapon.

Joseph William Noschang, 32, of Georgetown, on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Scott Joseph Swearingen, 34, of Ripley, on one count of possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Matthew Smith
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_MUGSHOTS_34073960-1-.jpgMatthew Smith
Miles Harrigan allegedly stole $18,000 from Lake Waynoka Community Chapel

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

Reach Daniel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

2016 News Democrat