Aug. 23–FREMONT — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office announced that Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indicted by a grand jury today on 38 felony counts — including theft and tampering with records charges.
Sheriff Overmyer, 42, is accused of using money and tampering with records from his office’s Furtherance of Justice funds. The charges also allege he deceived physicians and pharmacists in order to obtain prescription pain medication and that he took medications from area prescription drug disposal drop boxes.
Charges include 12 counts of tampering with records, 12 counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, three counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, six counts of theft in office, four counts of theft, and one count of theft. He also was charged with five counts of filing false financial disclosure reports, a misdemeanor charge.
The indictments follow a probe by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, at the request of Thomas Stierwalt, Sandusky County prosecutor.
Sheriff Overmyer is to be arraigned Wednesday before Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove, according to Mr. DeWine’s press release. Carol Hamilton O’Brien, the Delaware County prosecutor, has been serving as special prosecutor.
Despite the ongoing investigation, Sandusky County voters in March chose Sheriff Overmyer by 61 percent to 39 percent over Clyde Police Chief Bruce Gower in the Republican primary.
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