Friday, January 22, 1999

Police officer indicted on bad-check charge

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on felony theft charges for allegedly writing $8,000 worth of bad checks for scratch-off lottery tickets.

        Officer Steve Moorehead was indicted Jan. 15 on one count of theft by deception, a fourth-degree felony. His police powers have been suspended while the case is pending.

        He is accused of writing 47 checks to a Dairy Mart in Mount Washington for lottery tickets. All of the checks bounced.

        The Cincinnati Police Division's internal investigations section investigated and found that Officer Moorehead wrote the bad checks between May and October. The loss to Dairy Mart was $8,112.50.

        In an unrelated case, two other Cincinnati officers face misdemeanor theft charges for an alleged coupon scam that netted $14.

        Officers Kenneth Root and Lisa Johnson are accused of the theft at a Kroger store.


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