Former Village Police Chief Owes $3.5k for Improperly Spending Public Funds
Columbus – An audit released today by Auditor of State Keith Faber issues findings for recovery for $3,652 against Clinton Brown, former police chief for the Village of New Vienna (Clinton County).
In January 2017, Brown created a bank account using his social security number and named the account New Vienna Police Department K9. During the course of the year, Brown solicited donations to create and operate a K9 unit for the village’s police department and kept donated funds in this account.
Upon reviewing the K9 account, auditors found Brown had made several improper expenditures over the course of the year. These included 27 personal cash withdrawals totaling $1,926, three personal debit card purchases from Walmart totaling $288, and 23 more debit card purchases from various vendors totaling $1,157 that lacked supporting documentation to verify they were for the K9 unit.
Additionally, in Brown’s personal bank account, auditors found $281 worth of donations meant for the K9 unit.
“It is disappointing when a public servant betrays the public’s trust,” Auditor Faber said. “In this case and all cases involving the misspending of taxpayer dollars, my agency will insure that the money is restored to its rightful place and used for its intended purpose.”
In accordance with these facts, the Auditor of State’s office issues a finding for recovery against Clinton Brown for $3,652 in favor of the Village of New Vienna Police Fund.
Additionally, on December 17, 2018, a Clinton County grand jury indicted Brown for one count of Theft in Office and two counts of Deception to Obtain a Dangerous Drug, which were unrelated to the matter with the K9 bank account. The results of the case are still pending and a pre-trail conference is scheduled for April 12, 2019.
A full copy of this report is available online.
The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio is responsible for auditing more than 6,000 state and local government agencies. Under the direction of Auditor Keith Faber, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies, and promotes transparency in government.