MOUNT VERNON — Pam Hinkens, former director of Mid-Ohio Transit Authority, was sentenced to a three-year term of community control this morning after pleading guilty Aug. 21 to a fifth-degree felony charge of theft in office. She is to pay restitution in the amount of $6,250.99.
The sentence was rendered by Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Otho Eyster after Knox Area Transit (formerly MOTA) board president John Booth read a statement that voiced the board’s displeasure with her performance, which Booth described as deceitful and unorganized.
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“You knew just enough about your position to perpetuate the illusion that you were completing the work that was required by the Ohio Department of Transportation for the annual transit grant,” Booth said.
“... You, Mrs. Hinkens, betrayed the MOTA board who believed and trusted what you were saying in the monthly board meetings. You clearly were trying to deceive the board, and intercepted mail from ODOT to the board chairman that would have alerted the board to problems with your job performance and the fact that the transit grant was in jeopardy.”
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