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By - bsemler@civitasmedia.com



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A former Plain City employee accused of stealing gasoline from the village pled guilty to the thefts Monday as part of a plea agreement.


Eric P. Diaz, 44, was charged with attempted tampering of records and forgery in Madison County Common Pleas Court.


As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped a charge of breaking and entering. They also reduced the charge of tampering of records to attempted tampering of records.


Diaz was arrested in April for gas thefts between Feb. 20 and April 5. He was sentenced to five days in jail and combined restitution of $500 for theft and possession of criminal tools in municipal court in July, according to Madison County Municipal Court documents.


He had been employed as the superintendent of the wastewater plant from where the thefts took place. He resigned from the position in January 2013.


According to the village police department’s Facebook page, other village employees noted discrepancies in fuel logs and fuel usage in early April, prompting officers to begin surveillance of the refueling facility.


Assistant prosecutor Nick Adkins said Plain City officials did not want prison time for Diaz.


Diaz is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 9.


Brandon Semler can be reached at (740) 852-1616 ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.


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