East Cleveland police chief pleads not guilty to theft, fraud charges

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 12:24 PM EDT
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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The man who is usually responsible for enforcing the law in East Cleveland found himself in front of a judge on Wednesday morning.

East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner appeared in a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas courtroom for his arraignment on several charges, including:

  • Aggravated theft
  • Telecommunications fraud
  • 6 counts of monthly, semiannual, and annual return by vendor payments
  • Tampering with records
  • Theft in office
  • Grand theft
  • 2 counts of passing bad checks

The 47-year-old was suspended from his position as chief and placed on administrative leave following his August indictment.

Gardner left the courtroom on Wednesday morning after posting the $5,000 bond. He’s expected back in court on Oct. 3.