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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – A Northeast Ohio police chief has found himself on the other side of the law.
East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday morning, and a bond was set at $5,000.
Gardner is facing several charges, including grand theft and theft in office.
According to the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court docket, Gardner was indicted last month.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office has declined to comment, saying the investigation is ongoing.
“I guess the only thing I can say is I’m bewildered at the allegations,” Gardner previously told the FOX 8 I-Team. “As far as the theft in office, I have absolutely no idea what they purport me to have taken.”
In 2014, Gardner was sentenced to probation for tax charges related to a private security business.
At that time, he entered guilty pleas to tax charges. He was ordered to pay $28,390 in restitution and placed on probation for five years.
Since news of Gardner’s most recent charges, four other East Cleveland Police Department officers have been indicted for different and unrelated charges.
In another unrelated case, officers allegedly sold fake police reports for cash.
Gardner’s next court appearance is Oct. 3. 2022.