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Terminated parks and rec director pleads guilty to theft

Ken Ard pleaded guilty to first degree theft charges. Ken Ard pleaded guilty to first degree theft charges.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A fired Guntersville parks and recreation director pleaded guilty to theft charges on Monday.

The former park and recreation director came with his attorney to court and, after a plea agreement with prosecutors, told the court he was guilty.

Ken Ard pleaded guilty to first degree theft charges.

He was given a three year jail sentence, but that was suspended.

He received three years probation with the first six months to be supervised.

Ard served as the city's parks and recreation director for approximately four years until he was fired in November 2011.

That firing came as a result of an audit that showed funds were being mishandled.

At that time, it was determined the amount was $15,000, but it turns out the city began missing funds not long after Ard's arrival.

"Devised a scheme in which dummy invoices were basically submitted to the city of Guntersville to an umpire association where he received money off of that. Realized this went on for a period of three to four years," said Marshall County DA Steve Marshall.

Monday, Ard paid $26,000 in restitution and court costs.

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