CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office confirms that a Cuyahoga County Sheriff Department Supervisor has been indicted for grand theft, theft in office and tampering with records.
Michael J. Jackson, 44, of Parma, resigned as a captain from the department today and has been indicted on 12 charges, including grand theft, theft in office and tampering with records.
A 23-year veteran with the department, Jackson is charged with 12 felony counts: two for grand theft, one count of theft in office and nine counts of tampering with records.
According to the five-page indictment, the crimes happened between December of 2011 and November of 2012. Jackson is accused of stealing money -- said to be upwards of $50,000 -- that was logged in as evidence from the Evidence Room.
The State of Ohio charges that Jackson stole more than $50,000 in cash that had been seized from suspects after their arrest and was being held in his evidence room at the Sheriff's Department. Jackson then falsified evidence records to conceal his thefts.
"This man is the Benedict Arnold of law enforcement – he went over to the dark side,'' said Assistant County Prosecutor Paul Soucie, Supervisor of the Economic Crime Unit in the County Prosecutor's Office. "He stole from suspects, cheated the public and betrayed the trust of his fellow officers."
Jackson, who turns 45 next week, joined the Sheriff's Department in 1987.
Jackson's scheme began to unravel after Sheriff Frank Bova came into office last March and ordered an audit of all divisions, beginning with the evidence room.
This triggered an investigation by sheriff's deputies and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
"As a result of this criminal investigation, Mr. Jackson was brought into custody earlier today," Sheriff Frank Bova said today. "The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department cannot and will not tolerate any level of public corruption. "
Judge Michael E. Jackson set bond at $10,000 and defendant Jackson posted it and left.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 4. Court records show that he is represented by attorney Larry Zukerman.