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Central Ohio Court Clerk, Husband Face Charges

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email
A former clerk of courts in a central Ohio county is expected in court along with her husband on charges that they looted public funds for their personal gain.

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LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) - A former clerk of courts in a central Ohio county is expected in court along with her husband on charges that they looted public funds for their personal gain.

Sixty-one-year-old former Fairfield County Clerk of Courts Deborah K. Smalley and her husband, 60-year-old David E. Smalley, face multiple felony counts when they appear before a judge Tuesday in Lancaster.

They were indicted by a county grand jury Friday on charges that included engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. If convicted, they could spend years behind bars.

Deborah Smalley's attorney suggested she has been "severely overcharged" by prosecutors.

Authorities say the Smalleys stole $120,810 in county salaries paid for work performed by clerk's office employees on Mrs. Smalley's political campaigns.

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