Former Augusta Community Leader Appears In Court

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The former executive director of the Augusta Chamber of Commerce made his first court appearance in a Butler County court room this afternoon.

Kent Overaker faces one count of felony theft for obtaining unauthorized control of $13,400 from the Augusta Chamber of Commerce between May 1 and August 22.

"It gives us a black eye and I think the Chamber does a lot of good things and I just don't want people holding this instance against the Chamber of Commerce," said Capt. Bruce Relph, Augusta Police.

Some members of the Chamber were still in shock after Overaker was arrested on Thursday.

"He was willing to help out," said Robby Mercer, owner of No Mercy BBQ. "It's definitely a mind blower."

If convicted, Overaker can face five to 17 months in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, plus restitution.

The judge did not assign a court appointed attorney. Overaker is expected back in court September 30th.

Read More: Augusta Chamber Of Commerce Director Arrested For Felony Theft

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