Liz Rogers offered plea deal in cop impersonation case

Liz Rogers offered plea deal in cop impersonation case
Rogers inside the Butler Co. Courthouse. (FOX19 NOW)
Rogers inside the Butler Co. Courthouse. (FOX19 NOW)

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - Liz Rogers has until Sept. 1 to agree to a plea deal or her cop impersonation case will go to trial.

In a court appearance Tuesday, a Butler County prosecutor offered the former Mahogany's owner a diversion program if she admits wrongdoing.

Rogers' attorney, Clyde Bennett II, maintained his client never impersonated a police officer.

He said Rogers most likely will deny the plea deal.

A trial date is scheduled for Nov. 12.

The Liberty Township resident is accused of flashing a Cleveland police badge March 17 to keep her Mercedes Benz from being repossessed at the United Dairy Farmers store off Hamilton-Mason and Cincinnati-Dayton roads in West Chester.

Rogers, who owned the now-defunct restaurant at The Banks Downtown, handed a car repossession worker a wallet and "flashed a badge and said I am a police officer and I need to secure my weapon," police records show.

She denies the accusation and a filed police report on the worker, alleging that $800 was missing from her wallet when she picked it up from police later that day.

If convicted of the minor misdemeanor, she could spend up to 30 days in jail.

Earlier this year, Rogers announced she was launching two new businesses: Mahogany's wing Champs that will sell chicken wings out of a food truck and Creamalicious featuring ice cream flavors like peach cobbler and Merlot she served at Mahogany's and a former eatery in Hamilton.

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