Strongsville businessman Not! guilty of stealing money for sick kids

A Judge reversed a guilty verdict Wednesday and found a Strongsville businessman not guilty of one count of theft, for stealing money from the Children's Miracle Network.

49-year-old William Snyder and co-defendant Kevin Beaver, 43, of Lakewood, formed REMAX Classic in 2005 which was operated out of three separate locations.

As part of their arrangement with the agents of their office, each agent would contribute a certain dollar amount that was deducted from their commission to donate to the Children's Miracle Network (CMN) through University Hospitals.

Several donations were made to the charity in 2005 and 2006. From 2006 to 2009, Beaver and Snyder continued deducting the charitable contributions from their agents, but never made any donations to the charity.

Snyder had been found guilty in a bench trial before Judge Suster last October and was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

On October 20, 2010, Beaver pleaded guilty to theft, a felony of the fourth degree. On November 4, 2010, Beaver was sentenced to five years community control sanctions.

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