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No jail time for former TU bookstore manager found guilty of theft over $216,000

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TIFFIN, OH — A Tiffin man has been found guilty of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, on Tuesday by the Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley.

Charles B. “Chuck” Lutz, 56, of Tiffin, is the former manager of Tiffin University’s bookstore who was reportedly fired when the accusations were brought to light. Lutz had been accused of thefts from the university of over $216,000.

Lutz was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on two counts of aggravated theft, both third-degree felonies, and four counts of grand theft, all fourth-degree felonies, according to court records. Lutz was found guilty of one count of grand theft after pleading no contest in Judge Kelbley’s courtroom. The other charges were dismissed.

Lutz was sentenced to 5 years of community control. He is to have no contact with Tiffin University, and must pay restitution of $50,000 to TU. Lutz will not have to serve any jail time.

“Lutz is doing well now, and jail time would impede that,” attorney Dean Henry said, who represented Lutz.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office says Mr. Lutz allegedly stole $216,207.13 in total from the university. $120,534.96 of which were checks from book buyback companies and $36,226.92 was used for personal purchases on a credit card belonging to the university.

The incidents reportedly occurred from Dec. 10, 2010 up until March 31, 2015, according to court records.

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