Man Charged With Stealing From Blind Clerk

CINCINNATI (AP) - A man accused of stealing money from a blind clerk at a courthouse snack bar was indicted Monday on two counts of theft from a disabled person.

The indictments allege that on two occasions, Mario Riep, 22, of suburban West Chester, told a blind clerk at the Hamilton County Courthouse that a $1 bill was a $20 bill and asked for change.

The second time, the clerk held onto the bill and asked someone else to identify it, prosecutors said.

The thefts occurred on March 19-20 while Riep was in the courthouse performing court-ordered community service, prosecutors said.

If convicted, each theft count is punishable by one year in prison.

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