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Records: Former Mahogany’s owner flashed Cleveland police badge

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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

The owner of a defunct restaurant at The Banks development flashed a Cleveland police badge to keep her car from a repossession worker in March, according to records obtained by FOX19 Investigates. 

Liz Rogers faces one count of impersonating a cop from the March 17 incident in the parking lot of the Hamilton Mason Road United Dairy Farmers store.

A repo worker told West Chester Township police that Liz Rogers identified herself as a cop to keep him from repossessing her 2007 Mercedes Benz about 7:15 a.m.

The worker said Rogers handed him a wallet and “flashed a badge and said I am a police officer and I need to secure my weapon” in the UDF parking lot, records state.

The man told police he allowed Rogers to driver her car home, while he followed her, to secure her gun. That is company policy when repossessing police officers' private vehicles.

When Rogers got home, she asked for her wallet and badge back, according to the police report. The repo man agreed to return the wallet if she handed over the keys, the report states. 

Rogers, the repo man told investigators, responded: “I'm not doing that, I'll just let you deal with my husband.”

After a confrontation with Rogers' husband, Trent, the worker told officers he informed Mr. Rogers that when the tow truck arrived they would “hook it.” 

When the tow truck driver arrived, that's when the repo worker told police that Trent Rogers threatened him with violence, “Your [sic] a cool guy don't make me go inside and get my gun,” she told him, according to the police report.

Trent Rogers “then went running to the garage to shut it,” the worker told police. The pair called 911, according to the police report.

On March 20, Liz Rogers turned herself in to police and was booked on one count of cop impersonation and released on a personal recognizance bond.

RECORDINGS: ROGERS ACCUSED REPO MEN OF TAKING $800 FROM HER WALLET

Secretly-recorded calls between officers and the two repo workers shows Liz Rogers filed a police report on the man after she claimed $800 was missing from her wallet she picked her it up from police on March 17.

Police records show Rogers never made mention of the missing cash until she turned herself in March 20—three days after the UDF incident and after she hired an attorney.

In a March 20 report, Rogers claimed she had eight $100 bills inside her wallet when she handed it to Ohmart in the UDF parking lot, but that it wasn't there when police released the wallet to Rogers later that day.

Police took the wallet and Rogers' Cleveland police badge as evidence March 17.

The officer believed Rogers' report was an attempt to “intimidate” the men from pursuing the cop impersonation charges against her.

“I would just be ready to feel the wrath of that woman,” Parrett told the tow truck driver, William “Bill” Stumpf, in the call.

Ohmart denied the claims in a recorded call with Parrett. In the call, Ohmart asked the officer, “When it comes back that we didn't take the money, what charges can I press on her?” Parrett told Ohmart he needed a statement for his investigative file to show he investigated Rogers' claim.

Police also recorded a call with Stumpf the morning of the incident, asking about Rogers' missing $800 claim. Parrett told Stumpf in the recording, “Apparently there's $800 missing out of her wallet, unaccounted for, so I took a report for that today. “You're kidding,” Stumpf replied, “Nope,” Parrett said.

“You're telling me that you didn't take $800 in cash out of the wallet,” Parrett asked Stumpf. “No, no, I didn't,” Stumpf replied. “Would you be willing to come and write a statement on that,” the officer asked. “Yeah, that's not a problem,” Stumpf replied.

The officer later tells Stumpf in the call that he had more he wanted to say to him, but he couldn't do it on the police phone line, “I have to be careful what I say on this line,” Parrett said in the recording, “But, if in fact what Justin (the first repo worker) told me is true, do not—I urge him not to be intimidated because that's exactly what's happening right now.”

When Rogers surrendered March 20, police records show she asked officers how to file a criminal report on Ohmart “after she was found not guilty.” Rogers also told police, “her attorney is involved and is considering filing civil lawsuits against parties involved,” the police file shows.

Rogers would not write a statement to support her theft allegations, police records show.

ROGERS ADMITS TO PRESENTING BADGE

When Parrett recorded a phone call with Liz Rogers March 17 to investigate her side of the allegations, Rogers freely admitted she had a badge inside her wallet. In the call, Rogers denied the repo worker's claims she flashed it at him to make him think she was a cop.

“If you look in there my license is in there and also my sister's badge from Cleveland. I've had it over 20 years,” Rogers said in the call. “She was a police officer and got hurt and they presented the family with that badge. I've had that badge in my billfold for 20 years. I'm not going to remove it,” Rogers said.

Rogers claimed she kept the badge to remember her sister, Patricia Butchner, who was injured on duty in a crash in February 2008, according to the Butler County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators verified how Rogers got the badge with Cleveland police.

The badge was inscribed with “SISTER,” and officers are allowed to privately purchase Cleveland police badges for family members, according to Cleveland Police Lieutenant Gail Bindel. We verified that information from an April 6 email exchange between Assistant Butler County Prosecutor J. Fantetti and Bindel.

In the recorded call, Rogers denied Ohmart's claims that she “flashed” her badge the morning of the repossession, telling Parrett, “If you impersonate an officer, you're a criminal—people—they don't do that,” Rogers said.

“I'm just like, in good faith, like hey. Let's just get this resolved and here's my license and I said let's just go back to the house because my husband's already taken care of this,” Rogers said in the call.

Rogers denied any claim that she needed to secure a weapon, as Ohmart told police. 

Ohmart said he would have never let Rogers leave the UDF parking lot to drive the car home if she hadn't identified herself as law enforcement, according to his witness statement.

“I'm sorry about this whole thing,” Liz Rogers tells Parrett in the call. “I thought that I was doing the right thing. I didn't do anything wrong. I guess he was just pissed off he didn't get the car,” Rogers said.

“You're a good police officer. I'm sure you hear stories like this all the time. I'm sure you'll be able to decipher the truth,” Rogers said. “You'll see what story makes more sense.”

TRENT ROGERS DELINQUENT ON CAR PAYMENTS SINCE OCTOBER 2014

The fact that repossession workers were looking for the Rogers' Mercedes Benz wasn't news to the Butler County couple. Financial records show TitleMax sent out a repo order for the 2007 Mercedes Benz on Oct. 5, 2014.

The car loan records obtained by FOX19 Investigates show the debtor as “Trent Rogers.” The records show an “advance” of $8,723.50 from TitleMax to Trent Rogers from August 21, 2014. The account summary records obtained by FOX19 shows Rogers' account listed as in “default” on Oct. 5, 2014.

TitleMax immediately requested a repossession on the Rogers' car on Oct. 7, 2014.

On Dec. 20, 2014, the Rogers account shows the account in a “write off” status with a total owed of $9,305.92. The TitleMax records contained in the Butler County case file do not indicate any payments made on the account.

TitleMax records show when Ohmart caught Liz Rogers in the Mercedes Benz the morning of March 17, he had the right to repossess the vehicle as the repo order was still out on the car.

Prosecutors found that someone placed a call to TitleMax on March 17 at 9:06 a.m., asking for the payoff amount, according to the county's case file. That was nearly two hours after the UDF repo incident and the Rogers being informed the repo workers were reporting her to police.

The Mercedes Benz TitleMax loan was paid off by a $6,000 cashier's check at 9:58 a.m., according to prosecutors. Prosecutors said they were working on getting surveillance video of the transaction “to verify payoff and who paid loan off.”

WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE ROGERS

On April 10, after obtaining the police records on Liz Rogers, FOX19 NOW stopped by her Liberty Township home. We found her husband, Trent, cutting the grass at the couple's Tarragon Court home.

We asked for Mrs. Rogers, but her husband told us she wasn't home. When we asked Mr. Rogers whether he threatened the repo workers by going to get his gun, he admitted he did.

“Yeah, he was in my house. He went in my house. He lied to the sheriff and told them he wasn't in my house. He came in to the house—he came into my garage,” Rogers clarified.

Stumpf told police he was having a conversation with Trent Rogers and recorded it. That recording is part of the criminal file on Liz Rogers.

The recording starts with Stumpf telling Trent Rogers his wife presented herself as a police officer to his repo worker. The recording starts in the middle of the conversation between Stumpf and Trent Rogers, “…and showed him and gave him a badge. I've got her badge,” Stumpf tells Mr. Rogers. “She really wants to take the case,” Stumpf asks Rogers. “Yeah, that's a legit one,” Trent Rogers replied. Stumpf responded, “But, she's not a cop. I already checked her out because my dad is the police chief in Monroe,” Stumpf tells Rogers.

The conversation between the men ends and Stumpf walks away. The recording picks up with Stumpf and Ohmart walking together when Ohmart explains how he says Trent Rogers threatened him with violence, “and, then he threatened to go get his gun and shoot me,” Ohmart said in the recording.

The case file does not indicate any charges or reports filed on Trent Rogers.

Liz Rogers will face a Butler County Area Court judge April 28 at a bench trial on the cop impersonation charge.

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