Former Henry County Commissioner gets probation for mixing own funds with those held by county

10/3/2013
BLADE STAFF

NAPOLEON - A former Henry County commissioner who failed to disclose his financial interests in a company that obtained a $300,000 loan from the county avoided prison today and instead was placed on probation.

Judge Randall Basinger said Richard Myers' actions in mixing his own money with funds held by the county was inappropriate, but his actions were not done for personal profit.

"I have concluded, however, this is not the case of a corrupt public official, but the case, rather, of an elected official making a significant error in judgement," said Judge Basinger, of Putnam County Common Pleas Court, who was assigned to the case.

He could have received up to 18 months in prison for the fourth-degree felony. Instead, Judge Basinger placed the former commissioner on community control for one year and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

Myers was found guilty on Aug. 30 of having an illegal interest in a contract after a two-day bench trial in Henry County Common Pleas Court. Two counts of money laundering were dismissed at the end of the trial and Myers was acquitted of a second count of having an illegal interest in a contract.