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Village Administrator, Council President Indicted

CLINTON COUNTY -- Three village of Martinsville employees were indicted today on charges, including theft in office.

The indictments are the result of a joint investigation by the Clinton County Sheriffs Office and the Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

The investigation revealed that the three suspects, and at least two others who are also under investigation, improperly spent more than $100,000 of village funds from 2008 to 2013.

The following suspects were indicted by a Clinton County grand jury on Monday:

Carole Robinson, 74, Martinsville Village Council President
Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
Tampering with Records
Theft in Office
Dereliction of Duty
Having Unlawful Interest in Public Contract
Representation by Present or Former Public Official or Employee Prohibited

Patience Comberger, 35, Martinsville Village Administrator
Theft in Office

James Robinson, 33, Martinsville General Laborer
Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity
Theft in Office
Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs
Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs
Aggravated Possession of Drugs

Clinton County detectives began investigating the villages finances after multiple complaints were made alleging corrupt activity by multiple people with access to village funds.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the investigation revealed that Carole Robinson knowingly allowed both her friend, Patience Comberger, and her grandson, James Robinson, to be paid regular salaries despite never performing any work for the village.

Investigators also say Carole Robinson knowingly allowed James Robinson to spend tens of thousands of dollars of village funds on personal expenses, such as automotive equipment and supplies for cooking methamphetamine.

Investigators say they uncovered four meth labs operated by James Robinson, including one located in the village pump house on State Route 134.

Taxpayers in Martinsville trusted these defendants to make sure the village funds were spent for the betterment of the community, said Attorney General DeWine. We will not allow this type of deception to happen in Ohio, and we are grateful to the Clinton County Sheriffs Office for uncovering this corruption.

The Robinsons were both arrested Wednesday morning, and there is an outstanding warrant for Comberger's arrest.

Additional suspects are expected to face charges, DeWine's Office said, but because the investigation is ongoing, no additional information will be released at this time.

 
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