Former Westlake city worker convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from union account gets probation

Former Westlake city worker convicted of stealing thousands of dollars gets probation

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A North Ridgeville man convicted of stealing thousands of dollars from the Westlake Service Department Association was sentenced Wednesday to four years probation.

Four years probation for former Westlake city worker convicted to stealing thousands of dollars

Paul Johnson, 41, pleaded guilty in February.

“I do take take full responsibility for my actions and the things that I did wrong, at the time... I had a false sense of entitlement,” said Johnson.

Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Erica Barnhill said Johnson used the union funds like his own personal piggy bank.

“The defendant was an officer in the Westlake Service Department Association and had access to their communal banking account and used it to make purchases,” said Barnhill. “Money, groceries, cash, personal items, things of that nature.”

He must also pay back $77,000 to the association.

Johnson was ordered to spend the first 30 days of his probation in jail.

Johnson resigned from his position after working for Westlake for 13 years.

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