Police captain accused of theft is planning restitution

AKRON, Ohio - A former police captain accused of altering payroll documents to increase her pay by $21,194 intends to make restitution, case lawyers said.

Elizabeth Wright, who managed the midnight shift, resigned Jan. 2. She is charged with grand theft, tampering with evidence and theft in office. Prosecutors accuse her of changing records to show she was working when she did not.

Wright, 48, pleaded not guilty Tuesday and remained free on a $10,000 signature bond. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove set her trial for June 15.

Mary Ann Kovach, chief of the Summit County prosecutor's criminal division, said on Wednesday that she expects Wright to change her plea. Whether the case goes to trial will depend on if Wright makes restitution, Kovach said.

Wright earned about $74,000 a year as police captain. Her lawyer, Don Malarcik, said Wright has agreed to cooperate with the investigation and has asked for time to arrange paying back what she allegedly owes.

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