State audit: Former Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton misused public money

Former Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton misused about $10,000 in taxpayer money, purchasing items like shoes, neckties, belts, cigars, Cedar Point passes and prescription medications, a state audit found.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 15, 2012

Former Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton misused about $10,000 in taxpayer money, purchasing items like shoes, neckties, belts, cigars, Cedar Point passes and prescription medications, a state audit found.

Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan said Bratton will not be charged criminally because there were no clear guidelines governing purchases made with funds from the sheriff's furtherance of justice account.

From January 2008 to September 2011, Bratton used the furtherance of justice money to purchase items for himself, his employees and people who helped his office, the audit found.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost ordered Bratton to repay $7,200 to the sheriff's office. Said Yost: “This shopping list is just incredible. The taxpayers’ belts are already tight — they shouldn’t have to pay for his belt too.”

Bratton chalked up the mistakes to sloppy bookkeeping.

“You bet your butt I made mistakes,” Bratton said. “I’m embarrassed about it. I’m sorry about it."

To read more on what Bratton and Mulligan had to say, pick up Thursday's Register. Also, be sure to check out the PDFs below to read the full audit report, and Yost's comments on the findings.

Comments

SitandSpin

I wonder how many trips to the China Buffet us taxpayers footed the bill for !  What a hypocrite !

bigdad1205

Isnt this the same sheriff who cryied ice fisherman should be charged for rescuing? That it cost the sheriffs office to much money to help them. Maybe the next time there is a rescue he could take the money from his personal tie, cigar and cedar point fund.

reporter54

Corruption exists all over in political and government organizations.  Little will ever be done, as you can see.

007

No charges filed? Wow, brings new meaning to ABOVE THE LAW. Everyone else that would extort public monies has to pay it all back plus jail time!! Utterly amazing!! From a guy that has more chins than a Chinese phone book, he knew what he was doing. Mark Mulligan should have charges brought against himself for his role in putting this theft in office to the side bar. Pathetic piece of work. I am curious as to who the Cedar Point passes went to, funny they cannot expose that, but if they really wanted to Cedar Point would have that information as well as the sheriff !!!

44846GWP

He should not have to pay for his duty belt, but cigars and Cedar Point tickets?! Crook.

Taxpayer

I would like to see him charged criminally, but the AG will not waste the time and money because this case is too weak for a criminal conviction and PRISON time.  Do ANY of you believe they can get a guilty conviction in Ottawa County?  This sheriff will have so many liberal EXCUSES that guilty beyond a reasonable doubt will be diminished.  I am glad he ADMITTED his GUILT and mistakes, but he should pay back ALL of it.  Not just part of it.  When it takes an investigation and state audit to find out you are WRONG doing whatever you feel like, then pay it back.  Bratton will be ripe for someone else to run for Sheriff and banner him as corrupt and rightfully so.  Here we have another elected official who feels they are so powerful, they can do whatever they want,...until they get caught!     

wiredmama222

why shouldn't he be charged like any other person who steals from the public?  He is just as guilty as the next thief isn't he?  I don't really care how embarassed he is.  Is he embarassed because he got caught or because he did the things he did? 

I remember him yelling and crying about those fisherman and what they cost for their rescue.  What about what he cost the taxpayer?  Come on, prescriptions, tickets to CP, belts, shoes and unsubstantiated funds gone?  Wow, this is bad.  Especially for someone sworn to uphold the law. 

Why not use him as an example?

Taxpayer.....I am SOOOO proud of you, a comment without any liberal items in it.  Holy cow!!!! you rock

jon491
Thegoverned

Knowing Ottawa County, my assumption is that the Cedar Point passes went to Mark Mulligan and his wife for Mulligans compliance. Call it "Quid Pro Quo." Bob Bratton is a proven pathological liar and a shame to the few honest officers the O.S.C.O has remaining. If the register wants a real stor ylook into the current Cheif Deputies moral fiber, He makes bratton look honest. Recall Mark Mulligan!

 

Kimo

 

What a  "SOB"

Sweet Old Bob.

 

FruGalSpender

"Former Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton misused about $10,000 in taxpayer money, purchasing items like shoes, neckties, belts, cigars, Cedar Point passes and prescription medications. Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan said Bratton will not be charged criminally because there were no clear guidelines governing purchases made with funds from the sheriff's furtherance of justice account."   mulligan is a joke.  how can buying personal things like shoes, neckties, belts, cigars, cedar point passes and prescription drugs not be criminal? if anybody else did this, the prosecutor would have thrown the book at them. mulligan needs to be investigated for not charging his pals.

mrniceguy

Why things like cigars, cedar point passes?  My biggest question would have to be answered by the Drug Enforcemet Agency, or at least the State Board of Pharmacy. Why and what prescrption drugs were purchaced by Mr Bratton over the internet.  Do county employees have insurance?  If they do then would not his co-payments be much less than the amount that was listed as payment?

 

Molon Labe

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FruGalSpender

didn't mulligan and bratton help throw that disbarred attorney into prison?

FruGalSpender

that is one good cigar.

Thegoverned

The resemblence is uncanny.

Finn Finn

With all the MANY attorneys in Ottawa County, I really wish someone would run against Mulligan, but nobody ever does.  If you don't know him, look up the word "Arrogant" in the dictionary and you'll find a picture of him!

Darwin's choice

@Frugal........over the top with that one!

FruGalSpender

"One of the Greatest Men I know!!! I'm sure it was unintentional!!" how can buying cigars and cedar point passes not be intentional? how can the justice fund be used to buy cigars and cedar point passes? what a idiot. anybody else would be charged with crimes. those funds were converted to private use. http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/03/15/Ex-sheriff-accused-of-misusing-funding.html "former Sheriff Bob Bratton misspent taxpayer's dollars on haircuts, cigars, shoes, neckties, and season passes to Cedar Point amusement park. Mr. Bratton, who is now the Genoa police chief, made more than $7,000 in undocumented purchases, using the office's Furtherance of Justice fund. The sheriff, the report said, used a departmental credit card to make $745 in personal purchases on such items as shoes, belts, neckties, reading glasses, cigars, a haircut, a doctor's office co-payment, a watch, books, and a coat, as well as using it to buy two seasons passes in June, 2010, to Cedar Point in Sandusky for $323."  give me a break. he  got caught.

greenteam

"no clear guidelines governing purchases made with funds from the sheriff's furtherance of justice account" So the statement about him misuse of funds is not correct!

 

FruGalSpender

others who buy personal things take money from their wallet or use their own credit card. to use public funds for personal use is criminal. why didn't bratton use his own money from his wallet or his personal credit card like honest people do? no excuse to use public funds for personal use. what part of the law doesn't mulligan understand?

Pete

Another corrupt Democrat. Who'd a thunk it!

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/...

dig this

     I know.  The Devil made him do it. Ask

FruGalSpender

i am really p!ssed! idiots are now defending a crook.. common sense dictates what is proper with public funds. i hope that the irs goes after him for not reporting all of his income and benefits using public funds.

Julie R.

Just another fine example of an ethical and moral public official.

Hey Sheriff Bratton --- I'll bet that disbarred attorney that you and your corrupt cronies chased after was never ignorant enough to misuse $10,000.00 in taxpayer money! 

FruGalSpender

"In no way do cigars and Cedar Point passes further the cause of justice," Yost said. "While I'm glad the citizens of Ottawa County have been repaid, a man of the law should know better than to use a public credit card for a shopping spree."  indict him!

FruGalSpender

"Hey Sheriff Bratton --- I'll bet that disbarred attorney that you and your corrupt cronies chased after was never ignorant enough to misuse $10,000.00 in taxpayer money! "   http://erievoicestoo.blogspot.com/   karma?

tk

He said he's made mistakes and he's sorry.  Wonder how many people who were arrested said similiar things but still had their butts put in a cell?

KURTje

This overwieght man is why most young people don't respect authority.    Bet he never knew job loss or layoffs.   This is another reason America is in trouble. 

FruGalSpender

mulligan stew. looks like a toilet bowl full of crap!

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