Police: Man Spends $40K of Playhouse’s Money at Staples

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Brenton Cochran (Photo Credit: Stark County Sheriff)

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — A Wadsworth man is accused of using a North Canton Playhouse account to pay for $40,000 worth items from Staples for his own personal use.

According to police, Brenton T. Cochran, 26, faces charges of telecommunications fraud, theft, misuse of credit cards and forgery in the case.

Police said Cochran worked for the Playhouse for nine years. He was also employed at the Staples store in Coventry.

Working as a subcontractor for the Playhouse, police said Cochran used their Staples Advantage account to make numerous transactions for his personal use amounting to over $40,000.

When the charges for the transactions went unpaid, a collections agency contacted the Playhouse. The Playhouse was unaware of the charges because Cochran had the invoices being sent to himself, said police.

Cochran turned himself in Thursday, and his bond was set at $25,000.


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