Westlake city service worker accused of stealing money remains out on bond

Westlake city service worker accused of stealing money remains out on bond
Paul Johnson (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A North Ridgeville man accused of stealing money from the Westlake Service Department Association remains out on bond.

Paul Johnson, 41, has pleaded not guilty to grand theft.

Westlake police said Johnson stole thousands of dollars from the employee association.

Prosecutors said the amount of money or services stolen by Johnson is “valued at $7,500 or more and less than $150,000.”

Records showed employees from the Westlake Service Department went to the police department on Dec. 27, 2018, to report “fraudulent activity they found on their union bank account".

The Service Department employees are members of the Westlake Service Department Association, an employee association that represents dozens of city workers. Because the investigation involved city employees, the Westlake Police Department turned the investigation over to BCI.

Johnson remains out on bond and will be back in court on Nov. 13.

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