Former Township Official Gets Probation, Must Make Restitution of Stolen Money

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Published on October 17 2012 8:09 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A former township official in Fayette County has been placed on four years' probation for taking money from the township.

56-year-old Rodney Deal of Brownstown, the former supervisor of Otego Township, admitted to taking the funds during much of his term in office from April 1, 1997 to May 1, 2009, when Deal left office.  He did not seek re-election in 2009.

Deal pleaded guilty to counts of theft over $100,000 and official misconduct.  A count of theft under $100,000 was dismissed as part of a negotiated plea.

Deal was also ordered to pay $1,000 a month to reimburse the township for the funds he took.  He began repaying the township earlier this year, prior to being sentenced.  He was also given credit for jail time he served while awaiting disposition of his case.