Sheriff’s Captain Called ‘Benedict Arnold’ of Law Enforcement

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Michael Jackson (Photo from Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department)

Michael Jackson (Photo from Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department)

Michael Jackson (Photo from Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department)

A high-ranking member of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested, accused of stealing from his own evidence room.

44-year-old Captain Michael Jackson was indicted Tuesday afternoon on charges of grand theft, theft in office and tampering with records.

Jackson is accused of taking more than $50,000 from the sheriff’s property room between January and September of 2012. He is also accused of falsifying records to hide his alleged crimes.

According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, “Jackson’s scheme began to unravel after Sheriff Frank Bova came into office last March and ordered an audit of all divisions, beginning with the evidence room.”

Assistant County Prosecutor Paul Soucie, who supervises the Prosecutor’s Economic Crime Unit said, “This man is the Benedict Arnold of law enforcement—he went over to the dark side.”

Jackson is free on a $10,000 personal bond; he will be arraigned on February 4.