By Frank Lewis
August 16, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The man who plead guilty to taking money from the Firefighters union was sentenced Friday morning by Scioto County Common Pleas Judge William T. Marshall.
Former treasurer of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 512, Eric “Clint” Wallace was sentenced to 60 days in the Scioto County Jail and five years community control as a part of a plea bargain agreed upon by Wallace and his attorney, George L. Davis, III, that was made in July.
Wallace plead to one count of theft and two counts of forgery, after what was described as an intensive investigation by Prosecutor Mark Kuhn’s office, Portsmouth Police Detective Andy Dawes and Local 512 members.
According to Marshall and Davis, Wallace made restitution for the money taken on the day of the plea agreement. According to Kuhn, he had paid back just under $15,000 before the crime was discovered and he had a check for $15,000 for the firefighters union at the time of the plea.
“The moment he walked into my office I could see he was full of remorse,” Davis told the court. “He knows he’s headed to jail today and he’s scared, but he has taken responsibility for his actions.”
Davis spoke of the joint efforts made with his office by the prosecutor’s office.
Marshall said if there is any problem during the five-year probation period, Wallace faces three and a half years in prison.
In addition to the time, Wallace was fined $300 and court costs and given a payment schedule.
Wallace gave his personal belongings over to family members and was handcuffed and taken away.
The president of the Firefighters union, Tony Hamilton, was in the gallery at the time of the sentencing and talked exclusively with the Daily Times afterwards.
“We’re pleased with the sentencing,” Hamilton said. “I hate that all this happened. He was a brother to us. I just hate to see this.”
In December of 2012 Wallace, was placed on administrative leave by Portsmouth Mayor David Malone pending an investigation by the Portsmouth Fire Department. On Feb. 6, 2013, Wallace was notified by Malone that his administrative leave was terminated and he was being placed on suspension without pay.
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