Upper Sandusky Charity to close

6/12/19     5:10am

An Upper Sandusky charity will be shuttered after an agreement with the State Attorney General.

The Koda Bear Foundation is to close after an investigation revealed that it’s operator, Melissa Johnson of Upper Sandusky, used donated funds for personal purchases including family trips, cars, and college tuition.

The foundation’s stated purpose was to provide headstones for stillborn children. The organization had more than $33-thousand in revenue last year.

Johnson agreed to close the charity, pay $2000 in restitution, and an $8000 civil fine. She is also barred from ever incorporating a non-profit in the state, and cannot solicit funds or sit on a non-profit board for 5 years.