A former Orange Township zoning official has been sentenced to two years of community control for falsifying financial records and stealing cash for personal use.

A former Orange Township zoning official has been sentenced to two years of community control for falsifying financial records and stealing cash for personal use.

Thomas Farahay, 64, was sentenced March 16 by Common Pleas Court Judge David Gormley. He was charged last year with theft in office, a fifth-degree felony, punishable by up to a year in prison and a $2,400 fine.

Officials said Farahay admitted his misconduct, involving theft of less than $1,000 during the past two years, and has paid back more than $300. Orange Township trustees voted to fire him in June.

Prosecutors said Farahay accepted cash for sign permits. He then would record the transaction but pocket the money and later destroy the paperwork.