- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say a former police chief has been charged with defrauding a northeast Ohio village out of $80,000.

Fifty-seven-year-old Gerald Smith, Jr. was charged in federal court Friday with single counts of mail fraud and destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.

Smith had served as the Kirtland Hills police chief from 1988 until April of this year when he resigned.

Authorities say Smith used village credit cards on about $80,000 worth of personal expenditures since 2007. They allege Smith used village funds to pay for furnishings in his Florida condominium, items on a hunting trip, a pair of women’s boots and other items.

Smith’s attorney Michael Hennenberg says Smith paid full restitution to the village when he resigned and has accepted full responsibility for his conduct.



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