Newburgh Heights’ Service Director, Councilwoman and Former Mayor Indicted


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The Village of Newburgh Heights Service Director, a city Councilwoman and the city’s former mayor have all been indicted on criminal charges by Cuyahoga County prosecutors.

According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason’s office, Jose Padilla, 47, Newburgh Heights’ Service Director, was indicted on one count of theft in office and five counts of tampering with records.

Prosecutors allege that from January 1, 2011 to September 29, 2011, Padilla was being compensated for a separate job at the same time he was working as Service Director.

Padilla is accused of working at Universal J & Z Machine LLC located in Cleveland.

Prosecutors alleged that Padilla collected around $8,000 in wages for hours he never worked for the city. The five counts of tampering with records stem from five separate falsified time sheets.

Deborah Padilla, 48, a current Councilwoman and Jose Padilla’s wife, was indicted on a single count of having an unlawful interest in a public contract.

Prosecutors say she approved a time sheet for her husband while serving on the Newburgh Heights Council’s Finance Committee.

Former Village of Newburgh Heights Mayor, Derrick Kinder, 53, was indicted on one count of theft in office for allegedly accepting and using Village property without paying for it.

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