Ex-Montgomery Developmental Center administrator pleads guilty to stealing $429,000

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Ex-Montgomery Developmental Center administrator pleads guilty to stealing $429,000

A Montgomery Developmental Center administrator who was fired last year pleaded guilty to 15 felony counts related to the theft of $429,000 for personal expenses, the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.

Douglas A. Carter, 46, of Gahanna, was indicted Feb. 20 for aggravated theft greater than $150,000, one count of theft in office greater than $7,500, five counts of forgery, five counts of tampering with government records and three counts of money laundering.

Carter will be sentenced at 2 p.m. May 9.

“This defendant abused his position of authority and trust, and not only victimized developmentally-challenged adults, but taxpayers as well,” prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said.

Carter was the business administrator from August 2009 to March 2012 at the state-owned Montgomery Developmental Center, operated by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The MDC is located at 7650 Timbercrest Drive in Huber Heights.

Prosecutors said Carter was responsible for managing the Social Security, disability or pension benefits the residents received.

As those payments were received, Carter would deposit the funds into one account, and throughout the month would periodically provide the residents money that they needed, and at the end of the month, the remaining funds were supposed to be moved into an account used to help pay for the care of the patients.

Carter, whose salary was $76,149, was placed on administrative leave last March 12 and then fired 17 days later in a termination letter citing “lack of confidence in your leadership abilities.”

The facility is home to more than 100 adults, most diagnosed with severe or profound disabilities who require extensive care. The center serves Preble, Montgomery, Greene, Butler, Warren, Clinton, Hamilton and Clermont counties.

The MDC is funded by Medicaid — 60 percent federal, 40 percent state — and costs approximately $15.5 million annually to operate.

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