McFaul Out: Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Avoids Prison Sentence

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UPDATE: CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Former Cuyahoga County Sheriff Gerald McFaul will not go to jail.

McFaul avoided a prison sentence, but will serve one year house arrest and after that, he will be on probation for five years.

The State Bureau of Criminal Investigation started looking into McFaul's hiring and fundraising practices. This, after accusations that McFaul forced employees to take part in fundraisers to keep their jobs and more.

"Your honor, I'm very sorry," McFaul said. "What I did to my wife and my family and the people of this town."

McFaul pleaded guilty to two counts of theft in office and an ethics violation last month. He also agreed to pay $130K dollars in restitution, the amount the prosecutor believes he bilked since 2000.

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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