Guilty: Former court administrator takes plea deal in record tampering case

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - 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.

Mahon, who is also a licensed attorney, was placed on paid administrative leave soon after we started asking questions about his traffic case last summer. He fired by the Clerk of Courts in October.

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