Embattled council member charged again

Dexter Au

NORTH KINGSVILLE — Dexter Au’s legal problems are growing.

The North Kingsville councilman, who already faces charges in Pennsylvania, has now had a felony theft charge filed against him in Ohio.

Au was charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony, on Wednesday in Eastern County Court, according to court records.

The charges in Ashtabula County come as Au was already facing charges in Mercer County, Pa. Au was charged with theft by deception or false impression and receiving stolen property, both third-degree felonies, and writing bad checks, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was charged on Oct. 16, according to court records.

Au is accused of writing a $3,200 check that came back with insufficient funds, according to the criminal complaint from Mercer County.

The business made several attempts to rectify the situation before sending a letter to the address Au had provided, giving him 10 days to pay in full. The letter was returned, stating that the address was wrong, according to the criminal complaint.

Au was arrested by the North Kingsville Police Department on the night of Oct. 16, and he waived extradition proceedings on Oct. 17.

Au was released from Mercer County Jail on Oct. 22 after posting bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

A hearing date is also set for the case in Ashtabula county. Au is scheduled to appear before Judge Harold Specht on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. for an initial appearance.

Au is nearing the end of his first term as a member of North Kingsville council, and he is currently running for reelection.

Au retained the services of David Agresti, an Erie-based attorney, to defend him in Mercer court.

Agresti is not licensed to practice law in Ohio, so he cannot serve as Au’s primary counsel, Agresti said. If Au were to hire a licensed Ohio attorney, Agresti could help Au’s defense, he said.

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