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Former BMV employee facing theft charges

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ken Brown) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Ken Brown)
Bonita Davis (Photo: Butler County Sheriff's Office) Bonita Davis (Photo: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) -

The BMV on South Erie Boulevard in Hamilton is where Bonita Davis used to work and on Wednesday a Butler County Grand Jury indicted Davis on two counts of Aggravated theft. 

Davis is accused of stealing money from the Ohio Deputy Registrar Association’s (ODRA) over the course of a five-year period. The sum of that money totals somewhere between $150,000 and $750,000. Davis used to be the Deputy Registrar at this branch.

The Butler County Prosecutor tells us despite facing two charges of aggravated theft, Davis can only be sentenced on one.  

“There is only one theft alleged but it occurred in two different ways so this is a way of covering all contingencies in respect to the proof that will be developed in this case,” said Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser.

The prosecutor says regardless of the organization there needs to be more than one set of eyes on the money.

“There should be nothing construed as being disrespectful, in looking over somebody's shoulder,” said Gmoser. “After all, when you go to the bank and you cash a check, the teller counts it and if you’re smart you’re going to count it yourself.”

Those two counts of aggravated theft are third degree felonies and could result in up to three years behind bars for Davis.

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