The Ohio State Auditor’s Office reported numerous findings in the Village of Bridgeport’s audit from 2018 to 2019. Among the findings is that there was no oversight or controls in place over the fees that were received by the Mayor’s Court and that former Mayor David Smith misappropriated over $26,000 in Mayor’s Court receipts. The findings also showed that Smith wrote checks to himself to re-pay some of the Mayor’s Court fees that he had taken. Smith was sentenced to 36 months in prison in August after pleading guilty to theft in office and conflict of interest and was also ordered to pay restitution.

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