Flip Flop: Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Changes Plea, Admits to Criminal Charges

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UPDATE: CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald McFaul was back before a judge on criminal charges Monday afternoon.

McFaul pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft in office and an ethics violation in court last week. Monday, he pleaded guilty to the charges. He also agreed to pay $130K in restitution as part of his plea deal.

This, after the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation started looking into his hiring and fundraising practices. McFaul stands accused of forcing employees to take part in fundraisers to keep their jobs and more.

Last week's not guilty plea was merely a formality, as you can't plead guilty in the arraignment room.

Since McFaul was charged by information, that means his attorneys and prosecutors have a deal cut. Anywhere from probation to 10 years is possible.

Sentencing is slated for June 26th at 2PM.

Citing health reasons, McFaul announced his retirement in March of last year after serving the county for more than 30 years.

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