CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced the indictment of seven Greater Cincinnati Water Works employees for two counts each of felony theft in office.
Timothy Radcliff, 39, construction inspector; Veno Mitchell, 39, maintenance crew leader; Joe Harrison Jr., 43, valve operator; David Boggs, 45, plant maintenance worker; Charles Evans, 51, maintenance crew leader; Alfred Brewster, 44, valve operator and James Jackson Jr., 46, water customer service representative are all charged with Felony 4 Theft in Office or Felony 5 Theft in Office. Those charged with Felony 4 face the possibility of 6 to 18 months behind bars and those charged with Felony face 6 to 12 months.
Each defendant is charged with one count for theft of water and one count for theft of sewer services. Prosecutors say their water meters were either tampered with or removed in order to lower water bills. This also affected their bill for sewer services, as sewer services are based on the amount of water charged to a residence.
"Even though the dollar amount is not high, theft in office is a very serious matter," said Deters.
Cincinnati Police began the investigation in the summer of 2010, when Water Works officials contacted them about the possibility of employee theft.
"Greater Cincinnati Water Works identified a potential criminal problem and contacted the police," said David Rager, director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works. "Our employees are expected to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. We greatly value the confidence and trust our customers place in us and we simply will not tolerate any behavior that may compromise that trust. I am extremely disappointed that this happened."