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Akron man pleads guilty to theft of government funds

An Akron man has pleaded guilty in federal court to theft of government money, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to prosecutors, 55-year-old Richard Lobur took nearly $40,000 in federal grant money meant to further the education of firefighters and their families and used it instead for personal expenses, including paying off his credit card debt and making loan payments.

The funds were administered as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, prosecutors said.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Lobur used the federal funds to make payments on Yard, Discover and FIA cards, which were used to buy a truck, lawn mower and camper, among other things.

As part of his plea agreement, Lobur will pay restitution totaling $39,183. Lobur faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 30.

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