Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Bevin Hager Pleads Guilty – Enters Diversion Program

Published on July 1st, 2015

Summary

Bevin Hager, of Eaton, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to one count “Theft”, a felony of the fourth degree pursuant to section 2913.02(A) of the Revised Code. The defendant, with the knowledge and assent of the victim of the offense, was permitted to enter the Diversion Program administered by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.

Bevin Hager, of Eaton, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to one count “Theft”, a felony of the fourth degree punishable by up to eighteen months (18) in prison and a fine of $5,000. The defendant, as a first time offender, was permitted to enter the Diversion Program administered by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Should the defendant abide by the terms of the program, her plea of guilty will be dismissed by the Court and the defendant will have no criminal conviction on her record. Should the defendant fail to abide by the terms of the program, the court at that time will have the authority to accept the plea and sentence the defendant on the underlying felony offense. The program terms require the defendant to pay restitution to the victim, perform community service, pay certain administrative fees, and abide by the laws of the State of Ohio.

The defendant was employed as an office manager at Kramer and Associates of Eaton, Ohio for over a decade, with her employment ending in 2008. An office audit performed in August 2011 revealed that the defendant have overpaid herself nearly $17,000 over the last several years of her employment. This discovery resulted in a grand jury indictment handed down in June 2014. After the court denied the defendant’s motion to dismiss the charge, the parties reached the above agreement. The defendant was permitted to enter a diversion plea after the victim of the offense consented. The diversion program will last thirty-six (36) months, over which time the defendant will pay restitution to Kramer and Associates of approximately $21,000 (the amount of the theft plus Kramer’s audit costs).