More charges against Richmond Heights school officials

CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty says that a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has re-indicted two top officials of the Richmond Heights Local School District, adding eight more felony counts to the charges against them.

On March 3, both Dr. Robert J. Moore, Superintendent, and Richard Muse, Director of Buildings and Grounds, were charged with one count each of Extortion, Bribery, Theft in Office, and Soliciting or Receiving Improper Compensation.

Those charges involved their demand for cash payments from a daycare operator who rents space in one of the district's school buildings.

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Wednesday's indictment concerns events that pre-date the shakedown scheme.

Criminal charges against Moore now include two counts of Tampering with Records. Both involve expense reimbursement forms Moore submitted to the school district for non-business related expenses on a trip that he and Muse took to Columbus in January.

The re-indictment also amends the original Theft in Office count to include Moore's use of school district funds to pay for Muse's expenses on the trip.

Muse has been charged additionally with three counts each of Tampering with Records and Forgery.

The State of Ohio charges that Muse submitted fraudulent information in his job application to Moore and that the application included job training certificates that had been forged by Muse.


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