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Birt couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
She’s accused of keeping funds for the several grants managed by the organization in one account, Logan County Prosecutor William Goslee said, when the funds should have been kept separate.
When funds began to run low, he said, Birt allegedly borrowed $275,000 illegally from a local bank to continue Tri County’s operations.
“She didn’t put that money in her pocket,” Goslee said, “but she did put that money effectively in the payroll and kept paying herself a salary.”
She also continued to pay the salaries of other employees, he said.
Birt intended to pay back the loan with grant money, he said, but it never came.
One of the charges accuses Birt of being overpaid by about $75,000 over the course of 10 years, Goslee said, because of money from a car lease that was incorrectly added to her salary.
Birt claims she didn’t know about the over payment, Goslee said.
The services offered by Tri County have since been taken over by other local agencies at the time of disbandment.