November 27, 2015

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Lorain official pleads guilty to theft charges, avoids jail time

ELYRIA — Chuck Camera pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor theft and records charges for stealing roughly $10,000 while he was president of Lorain Youth Baseball.


Camera, who is Lorain’s street superintendent, admitted as part of his plea deal that he had failed to properly handle the league’s money. He will repay the league $10,000 as well.

Lorain police launched an investigation into the league’s finances in 2008 after the group’s treasurer said there appeared to be money missing from the league’s bank accounts.

Prosecutors have said Camera, 57, underreported the proceeds from tip tickets sold in bars to raise money for the league. The underreporting took place between 2004 and 2008, according to prosecutors.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski sentenced Camera to two years of good behavior. A 4-month jail sentence was suspended.

Camera has remained on the job with the city since he was indicted in 2010.

Read Tuesday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

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