State audit says sheriff in Ohio misspent funds


PORT CLINTON (AP) -- A state audit of a sheriff's office in northwest Ohio accuses a former sheriff of spending office funds on items such as cigars, prescription medications, ties and belts, haircuts and amusement park passes.

The Blade of Toledo reports ( ) the review released Wednesday says Bob Bratton misspent about $7,000 using a department credit card.

Bratton resigned in September and is now police chief in the village of Genoa. He repaid the money last month. He says many of the purchases were work-related, and that he repaid the fund whenever he used the credit card for personal items.

But Auditor David Yost says "in no way do cigars and Cedar Point passes further the cause of justice."

The Ottawa County prosecutor says Bratton will not be charged criminally.

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