Man admits stealing from jail’s fund


Daryll Alexander, 27, of Toledo, changed his plea and admitted his guilt in relation to the theft of
funds from the Wood County jail’s commissary fund. Alexander appeared before Wood County Common Pleas
Court Judge Alan Mayberry on Tuesday.
Alexander and five other men were accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the commissary fund in
2007. The men to varying degrees used unauthorized electronic bank transfers along with fake checks to
illegally access the commissary fund. At least four of the suspects learned of the account after serving
time in the county jail for other crimes.
The sheriff’s office in late 2007 discovered more than $30,000 missing from the commissary fund, a
special bank account where money from inmates’ family or friends is deposited. Inmates can then use the
funds to purchase toiletries and other items from the jail commissary.
As part of a plea agreement Alexander pleaded guilty to identity fraud and an amended count of attempted
engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. As part of the plea agreement, a third count,
of complicity to theft will be dropped at sentencing.
Heather Baker, an assistant prosecutor for Wood County, indicated to Mayberry her recommendation of
community control in lieu of prison for Alexander. She would also seek restitution be paid in the amount
of nearly $6,200.
Of the other five co-defendants Robert Bannister Jr. has been sentenced to four years in prison for his
involvement. Authorities have indicated Bannister was an organizer in the scheme. Wesley Machaterre and
Byron Daniels Jr. were each sentenced to six months in jail with some of that time suspended. Jerry
Darnell, like Alexander has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. The final defendant, Frank
Wright, has another court appearance scheduled for July. Restitution was also ordered in some of the
sentencings previously handed down.
Sentencing for Alexander is set for Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.

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