Ex-firefighter convicted of stealing union funds sentenced

June 19, 2018 - 11:36 am

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The former treasurer of an Ohio firefighters union who was convicted of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in union funds has been sentenced to two years in prison.

A judge in Akron on Monday also ordered 41-year-old Joseph Ruhlin to pay $385,000 in restitution to Akron Fire Fighters Local 330.

Investigators say Ruhlin stole the money from 2011 to 2017. He pleaded guilty in January to theft in office and tampering with records charges.

Ruhlin was arrested in March 2017 in North Carolina after fleeing when charges were filed.

Authorities say he spent the money on items including a down payment on an in-ground pool and tickets to sporting events.

Ruhlin didn't comment at the sentencing. Defense attorney Erik Jones said Tuesday that Ruhlin is remorseful for his actions.

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