Ex-officer will plead guilty for false searches, stolen cash

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A longtime Ohio policeman accused of conspiring with another officer to falsely obtain search warrants and keep some of the cash seized in drug investigations will plead guilty to federal charges.

Prosecutors say the Reynoldsburg officers conspired to violate people’s rights against unreasonable searches and stole up to $250,000 in seized money and property since 2006.

Forty-one-year-old Shane Mauger, of Columbus, agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to deprive people of civil rights and federal program theft.

His attorney, Mark Collins, says Mauger is “embarrassed and disgraced for tarnishing the badge.” He says Mauger gave authorities information and is hopeful for leniency at sentencing.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Reynoldsburg’s police chief says Mauger resigned Friday.

His alleged co-conspirator was arrested on drug charges and hanged himself in jail in February.