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Ohio National Guardsman Sentenced in Funeral Honors Theft

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A non-commissioned officer in the Ohio National Guard has been ordered to repay nearly $11,000 after being convicted of falsely claiming travel expenses for participating in military funeral honors details.

The Ohio Inspector General's Office says the prosecution of Sgt. First Class Jason Edwards of Miamisburg followed an investigation that showed he filed more than 100 claims for travel to funerals where he didn't actively participate.

Edwards pleaded guilty in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to one count of theft in office and one count of tampering with records in February. He received five years' probation and was ordered to repay the state $10,800 during sentencing last week. He could have received three years in prison.

Edwards doesn't have a publicly listed telephone number and couldn't be reached for comment.

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