Former Reynoldsburg police officer pleads guilty to skimming cash, property

A former Reynoldsburg police lieutenant admitted Wednesday to falsifying search warrants and skimming seized cash and property over the course of nearly a decade. Shane Mauger, 42, of the 1800 block of Quarry Ridge Drive on the Far East Side, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to deprive persons of their civil rights and federal programs theft.

 

A former Reynoldsburg police lieutenant admitted Wednesday to falsifying search warrants and skimming seized cash and property over the course of nearly a decade.

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Shane Mauger, 42, of the 1800 block of Quarry Ridge Drive on the Far East Side, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to deprive persons of their civil rights and federal programs theft.

“He wanted to try to do the right thing and to stop the criminal activity he had been participating in,” said Mark Collins, Mauger’s attorney. “That’s his first step at reconciliation.“& lt; /p>

Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Preston Deavers released Mauger on his own recognizance while he awaits sentencing. Both offenses are punishable by as many as 10 years in prison, but Mauger isn’t likely to receive the maximum sentence.

Mauger was accused of lying to obtain search warrants and keeping portions of seized cash and property that he under-reported in police files. Officials have said several pending drug cases would be dropped because of the investigation into Mauger.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also accused Mauger of removing money from a safe at the Reynoldsburg police department to try to hinder the FBI’s investigation into his misconduct.

Mauger worked with Officer Tye Downard, who was arrested in February on charges that he dealt drugs. Downard died after hanging himself with a bedsheet in his jail cell.

Collins said Mauger’s involvement started in November 2006, when Downard offered him money taken from a seizure. It continued over the course of nearly 10 years.

As part of his release, Mauger will be ordered to participate in a treatment program for gamblers, but Collins said the program will be determined by the probation department. Gambling was part of the reason for Mauger’s criminal activity, he said.

“There’s multiple multiple factors involved. It’s just a terrible decision he made,” he said.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/05/04/Former-officer-pleads-guilty.html

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