Hamilton County Engineer's employee indicted

Posted by Caitlin O'Neil

Cincinnati, OH (FOX19)-- A Hamilton County Engineer's employee has been indicted on charges of two counts of theft in office, two counts of unauthorized use of property, tampering with records and bribery.

Aaron Fairbanks, 46, has been a purchasing agent in the Engineer's office for 24 years, and is accused of misappropriating nearly $30,000.

Between December 2006 and February 2007, Fairbanks is accused of trying to bribe a contractor with the promise of obtaining a government contract.

He is also accused of stealing construction funds that were in two separate escrow accounts under the control of the Hamilton County Engineer's Office in January through June of this year.

"Stealing public money from my office will never be tolerated," Hamilton County Engineer Bill Brayshaw said.  "We turned to investigators as soon as we became aware of the situation.  I look forward to a speedy resolution in the courts that will bring justice to the citizens of Hamilton County."

If Fairbanks is found guilty he could face a possible sentence of six months to five years in prison, and a possible maximum sentence of 19 years in prison.