Ex-chamber director jailed for stealing $20K

Ex-chamber director jailed for stealing $20K
Posted at 6:36 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 18:36:27-05

LEBANON, Ohio — The former executive director of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, who pleaded guilty in January to stealing $20,000 from the organization, will spend 60 days in jail, a judge decided Tuesday.

Sara Arseneau, 53, pleaded guilty to grand theft and tampering with records on Jan. 14. She stole the money by issuing 13 extra payroll checks to herself between 2012 and 2015, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

In addition to jail time, Warren County Common Pleas Judge Robert Peeler also ordered Arseneau to pay $20,849.22 in restitution and to complete 200 hours of community service.

“Sara Arseneau violated the trust of so many people in the local business community, all for her own selfish greed,” Fornshell said in a statement Tuesday. “She offered no explanation, gave no apology, and showed no real remorse.”

Arseneau had been with the chamber since 2003 until her sudden resignation last summer.