Bar Owner Indicted After Fundraiser for Music Legend

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STREETSBORO, Ohio -- A man who helped organize a fundraiser for a local music legend has now been indicted on a felony theft charge.

Bill Thompson, owner of Stringz and Wingz, was indicted by a Portage County grand jury Jan. 17.

Thompson was arrested Thursday.

Thompson admitted to Fox 8 last week that he owed the money to the family of Cleveland-based rocker Sonny Geraci, and he promised he was going to pay.

“Within a week to 10 days, they wanted a set figure, but it will be over the next few days,” Thompson said.

When asked why he just doesn’t go pay it right away, Thompson said, “because I don’t want to right now.”

Police said Thompson has yet to pay Geraci’s family over $20,000 that was raised during the November fundraiser.

The benefit was held for Geraci, who suffered an aneurysm about two years ago.

“Sonny is still not walking, short-term memory problems, he is in rehab and is not at home,” said Chuck Kocisko, a friend of the Geraci family.

Kocisko, who is also the founder of Streetsboro Family Days, said he wanted to hold the benefit to raise money to help the Geraci family pay mounting medical bills.

But weeks after the fundraiser, the family still hadn’t received any money from Thompson, despite numerous attempts to collect the cash, so Kocisko filed a report with Streetsboro police.

“All we want to do is get the money to the Geraci family so we can get Sonny back on his feet,” Kocisko said.

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