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Former Kirtland Hills police chief gets two years in prison for stealing $80,000

Former Kirtland Hills police chief gets two years in prison for stealing $80,000. (Source: Raycom Media) Former Kirtland Hills police chief gets two years in prison for stealing $80,000. (Source: Raycom Media)
KIRTLAND HILLS, OH (WOIO) - Kirtland Hills' former police chief was sentenced to two years in prison for defrauding the village out of at least $80,000.

Gerald Smith, Jr., 57, made hundreds of unauthorized purchases of clothing, tools and other things for his own personal use. Some of the items were used to furnish his Florida condominium. 

According to court documents, Smith bought ceiling fans, plumbing supplies, vacuum cleaners, children's lunch boxes and story books, clothing, televisions, book shelves, personal hygiene items, firearms, car repairs and more.

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of destruction, alteration or falsification of records in a federal investigation.

So far he has paid $140,503, which covers the amount he stole and the village's related legal expenses. He's been ordered to pay an additional $9,034 in restitution. 

Smith joined the Kirtland Hills police department in 1978 and served as chief from 1988 until April 4, 2014.   

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