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Baratie guilty theft case involving cemetery's bank account

After 4 hours of deliberation, a jury found Keith Baratie in a theft case involving Memorial Park Cemetery's bank account.

After 4 hours of deliberation, a jury found Keith Baratie in a theft case involving Memorial Park Cemetery's bank account.

The jury found Baratie guilty of theft, aiding and abetting his wife (Karen Sue Ellen Neff) in committing forgery and aiding and abetting his wife in securing writings by deception.

"Essentially the same three counts that his wife was found guilty on, the exact same level and essentially the exact same amount of money that was stolen," Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan said.

Neff was recently sentenced to 4-and-a-half years in the reformatory for women.

Baratie faces 9 years.

The Belmont County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Attorney General's office found thousands of dollars were taken from the cemetery's bank account.

"This was a very tedious and time-consuming case,” Flanagan said. “We went through hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of documents to determine the appropriate amount of money that was stolen."

Baratie will remain in jail without bond. His sentencing is set for Feb. 9.

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