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Clark pleads innocent

Cory Clark, former fiscal manager of the Belmont County Transportation Improvement District, pleaded innocent in Belmont County Common Pleas Court on Thursday to three felony charges.

An editorial published in The Times Leader on Thursday incorrectly stated that Clark had pleaded guilty to two charges, including a third-degree felony, on Wednesday. In fact, Clark pleaded innocent Thursday to one charge of fourth-degree felony theft in office and two counts of third-degree felony tampering with records.

Clark, a resident of 4039 Lincoln Ave., Shadyside, appeared before Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato. His status conference was set for Sept. 21, with a plea agreement hearing Oct. 5 and trial Oct. 22. He was given a recognizance bond.

The charges stem from the allegation that while he served as district fiscal manager, Clark increased district check amounts and made payments to himself. An investigation by the Ohio Auditor Special Investigations also alleges that Clark forged another’s name to checks issued on behalf of the district.

More than $3,500 allegedly was taken from the district.

Clark was terminated as fiscal officer for the transportation improvement district board on February 1, 2019.

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