Fired Ohio officer must repay $15K for Shop with a Cop theft
Updated 8:13 am, Friday, December 2, 2016
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio police officer accused of stealing over $26,000 from a charity fund used to buy Christmas gifts for financially disadvantaged children has been ordered to repay $15,000.
Investigators say now-fired Richfield officer Michael Simmons took funding from his department's Shop with a Cop program over several years and used it for personal expenses, including electronics, clothing and sporting event tickets.
Simmons pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge. A Summit County judge put the 42-year-old Stow man on probation for two years.
The local police union says the money will be distributed to charities that benefit children.