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Perrysburg employee faces theft charges

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30-year-old Eric Whitson was calm and collected during his video arraignment in Perrysburg Municipal Court

The Perrysburg School district employee is accused of stealing money from the Bowling Green Athletic Booster Club ...then replenishing the money with funds from the Perrysburg school district. Whitson faces two grand theft charges, both are felonies.

Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson tells 13abc, "Both of those counts are related to 2 checks that were issued from the perrysburg school district into the bowling green athletic booster club."

Investigators believe Whitson wrote 2 checks on February 28th totaling 80-thousand dollars from a Perrysburg Schools account to cover up the crime.

"It appears he was taking unauthorized funds from Bowling Green Booster Club, and he utilized the Perrysburg funds to replenish that booster club fund, and it became apparent a new treasurer was going to be appointed."

Perrysburg school officials say an audit showed no discrepancies, but the next audit is scheduled in October.

Whitson's bond was set at 80-thousand dollars. If he makes bail, a Judge ordered him to stay away from Perrysburg administrators, Perrysburg schools, Bowling Green Athletic Booster club members and the Northwest Ohio Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

13abc has learned Whitson raised money for the Northwest Ohio Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
No word on how this organization is connected to these charges.

Whitson's preliminary hearing will be sometime next week.

We also want to stress, Whitson was *not* involved in any way with the Perrysburg booster club.

We were contacted by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and they say their campaign funds are all accounted for. In fact, they say most donations were made online.