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Genoa man pleas no contest to theft
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 14:58

Sentencing is scheduled for June 23 in the case of a Genoa man who’s been found guilty in Lucas County Common Pleas Court of theft from a radio station where he was employed for nine years.

Richard Waldron was found guilty May 5 after changing his original plea of not guilty to no contest to a charge of grand theft, a fourth degree felony.

He worked at WPOS Christian Radio from 1999 to 2008 and became station manager in 2002.

He had been charged with six counts of forgery, a fifth degree felony, and one count of grand theft, but the forgery counts were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

In May, 2008, the WPOS board of directors discovered irregularities in the station’s financial records and the Christian Center, which includes a gym and banquet facilities.

Al Gaige, WPOS general manager, told The Press last year station management requested the Lucas County prosecutor’s office investigate the irregularities.

A hearing is also scheduled for May 10 for another defendant in the case.

Jack Karsten, Jr., Delta, O., was charged with tampering with records and tampering with evidence.

He had been employed as an accountant at the station.

Gaige said the station has changed its financial and accounting procedures.

Waldron is a former sports columnist and sports editor for The Press.

He is a co-founder of WRSCradio.colm, an on-line radio station. He is also a member of an unpaid panel of Press sportswriters and WRSC announcers who make predictions on area high school, college, and professional football games.

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