Cuyahoga County clerk indicted for theft in office

1:01 PM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said Mark Lime, 56, of Parma, Deputy Director of the Criminal Division of the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts was indicted on 74 charges.

They include; 36 counts of tampering with records, 36 counts of unlawful use of a computer system, 1 count of theft in office and 1 count of theft.

Mark Lime held his position as Deputy Director from 2002 until August 2011.

While employed by Cuyahoga County and working in his capacity, Mason said Lime stole approximately $8,500 in incoming payments.

Lime had two methods of theft which include, taking a reparation fee that was payable on top of any bond that was posted by criminal defendants.

Before 2009, the reparation fee was $45 and after 2009, the amount increased to $85. That fee is required for every bond and Lime, while working on Saturdays, would either pocket the fee, docket it and then delete the entry or he would simply just steal the money without docketing the payment, Mason said.

The second method of theft pertained to bond judgments. After failing to produce the defendant, the bond companies usually are required to pay 10 percent after a defendant is considered capias. Lime instructed his staff that only he was to handle the money for bond payments.

Lime would subsequently steal the under $1,000 bond judgments that were paid in cash. If the bonding company failed to pay the judgment, they would be shut down for business by the County.

In this instance, Lime would accept the bond judgment (less than $1,000 and when paid in cash), not docket the payment and the bonding company would continue its normal business.

Lime was terminated from his position on September 15, 2011.

Prosecutor Mason said, "Mark Lime violated the public's trust. Today's indictment sends a strong message to employees who handle cash payments. If you steal, you will be caught and you will be prosecuted."

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