Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Deputy accused of billing when off duty

By Sharon Coolidge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A Hamilton County sheriff's deputy was indicted Tuesday, accused of billing the county for off-duty details he didn't work.

A grand jury indicted Robert Cronin, 31, on charges of theft in office and tampering with records. If convicted, Cronin faces up to six years in prison.

Cronin, a corrections officer who has worked at the sheriff's office for eight years, was suspended without pay when he was arrested Sept. 3. He was released from custody on his own recognizance pending an arraignment.

According to the indictment and the sheriff's office, Cronin said he was working off-duty at an Old Navy store when he wasn't - time for which he was paid about $400.

Cronin is the son of former Hamilton County Sheriff's Capt. William Cronin, who was fired after he was convicted in 1999 of stealing more than $1,000 worth of clothing from Dillard's while working off-duty there.



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