GENOA, Ohio -- A former Ottawa County sheriff is accused of spending government funds on personal items including clothing, prescription medicine and tickets for Cedar Point amusement park.
Federal prosecutors say former Ottawa County sheriff Robert Bratton was charged Thursday with improperly spending about $5,000 from federal funds earmarked to pay for law enforcement needs.
Messages seeking comment were left at his home and office on Thursday.
Bratton was sheriff in Ottawa County from 2004 to 2011. Since then, he's been the police chief in the village of Genoa, near Toledo. The village's administrator told media outlets that the 60-year-old Bratton submitted his retirement Thursday.
The charge against Bratton is one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.
"Money that was supposed to help the men and women in law enforcement was instead diverted and spent on personal items, including tickets to an amusement park," said U. S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach. "That is hardly amusing to the rest of us. Those who are trusted to enforce the law, above all, cannot place themselves above it."
The money was part of a $27,290 grant the Sheriff's Office received from the Furtherance of Justice Fund in 2010, according to Dettelbach.