Ohio watchdog finds 18 wildlife officers hunted on duty or falsified their pay records
December 13, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Eighteen more state wildlife officers are being
referred for possible criminal prosecution after a follow-up
investigation into illegal hunting while on duty uncovered
additional cases, the state watchdog said.
Department of Natural Resources said it immediately would place 17
officers on administrative duty and remove their law enforcement
powers pending an internal investigation. The 18th officer, a
supervisor, has retired.
Inspector General Randall Meyer
found in comparing deer harvest and payroll records that the
officers had hunted while on duty or were off duty at the time their
deer harvests were recorded and therefore falsified payroll records
to collect pay for hours not worked.
Meyer launched the
probe after an earlier investigation resulted in the convictions of
two Brown County officers. He said he suspected it was more than an
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