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

FruGalSpender

sometimes a lot of baked on crud sticks to the bottom of the pot. you need to use brillo and a little elbow grease to remove it. sometimes you need to throw the pot away if the teflon got burned up.

FruGalSpender

"Many of the items could probably have been taken out of the general fund anyway."  another audit? taken from the general fund? koebel said it.

FruGalSpender

"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." hey mulligoons, what about misuse of a credit card? http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2913.21 hey mulligoons, how many people have you charged with misuse of a credit card or who "borrowed" some money with the intentions to pay it back? what kind of a attorney are you mulligoons that you charge some people by throwing the book at them but make excuses for others? misuse of a credit card is misuse. what if yost never brought this up? why did bratton retire to take another job? lots of questions need to be answered. nobody is talking just making excuses for bob. how about every county worker use a county credit card to buy cigars or cedar point passes? will you charge them if they are republicans or not in the club?

Marcus M

FruGalSpender,  aka EB I see you have expanded Internet access in the pen, why so upset did they finally allow you a mirror and scale?.......

FruGalSpender

hey marcus m do i have a surprise for you. give it a few weeks when you take your wife out to dinner. what will you do when a strange woman comes up to you while you are dining out with your wife? let's say this strange woman will ask you why you never call? what will you say? what if this strange woman asks you who that other woman is that you are dining with? what if this strange woman tells you in front of your wife that you said that you are single? it is going to be fun. fun for me but what will you say to your wife? ; ) i am looking forward to it.

FruGalSpender

hey marcus m.   i will snap a couple of pictures and post them on here, will you sue me?  where is your evidence that we were not having a affair?   ; ) 

FruGalSpender

i will have much fun with you marcus m. i have enough information. i will make a example of you.

Marcus M

frugalspender, I must have awoken you from your nap and hanging upside down in the cave, conversing with you reminds me of an old saying;

"Do not argue with an idiot. She will drag you down to her level and beat you with experience"   As for the "strange" women coming up to me, if its a 12 pack beauty, real fat, uglo subspecies, I will just introduce you to my wife and ask when you were released...... 

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