A former Cleveland Municipal Court administrator who used his position to erase his own traffic ticket fines faces possible jail time after pleading guilty to a felony.
Cuyahoga County prosecutors agreed to drop records tampering charges against Brian Mahon, 56, in exchange for a plea of guilty to unlawful use of a telecommunications device, a fifth degree felony that carries a prison term of six to 12 months. Sentencing has been set for June 27.
A grand jury indicted Mahon in March after our investigation uncovered he wiped out $176 in court costs stemming from a traffic ticket he received for running a stop sign in 2014. Mahon, who worked for the Clerk of Courts for 30 years, was a deputy clerk in charge of collections and reviewing parking ticket disputes. His position with the Clerk's Office gave him full access to the court's computer system.
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