Bridgeport Mayor David Smith has been accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the village.
The felony and misdemeanor charges were released in an indictment by Ohio State Auditor Keith Faber.
Smith is facing two felony charges and two misdemeanors. He’s accused of removing both cash payments and corresponding traffic tickets waiting to be processed from June 2016 through November of last year.
In the indictment, the auditor states that Smith took what is believed to be more than $20,000 for his personal gain.
The mayor is now facing a felony charge of tampering with records, a felony charge of theft in office, as well as two misdemeanor counts of conflict of interest.
The indictment comes after the state formed a finance committee to help lift the village out of financial debt, which is reported around a half-million dollars.