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Akron woman charged with stealing donations for families of teens killed in Coventry Township crash

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Posted at 11:33 AM, Aug 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 23:08:18-04

An Akron woman was arrested Monday for stealing money from a benefit fund that was supposed to be donated to the families of the teens who were killed in a crash in Coventry Township in May.

Melissa Szentes, 40, of Akron, was arrested and charged with theft after the Summit County Sheriff's Office was notified that Szentes was stealing from the "Walking on For You" benefit and using the donations for her own personal use.

Inspector for the Summit County Sheriff's Office, Bill Holland, confirmed that Szentes spent all the donation money.

"Yes, the things we have identified have been spent or no longer in her possession," Holland said. 

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The benefit was set up to help the families of the two eighth-grade girls who were killed and the boy who was seriously injured in the crash. 

News 5 reached out to Szentes at her home but she didn't want to comment on the charges.

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"Depending on where the investigation goes she could be facing felonies," Holland said.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said if anyone made a donation to Szentes, to contact the bureau at 330-620-9738.