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

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio policeman accused of conspiring with another officer to falsely obtain search warrants and keep some of the cash they 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, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to deprive people of civil rights and federal program theft. Each charge could bring up to 10 years in prison.

A message was left Thursday for his attorney.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Reynoldsburg’s police chief says Mauger resigned Friday after 20 years with the department.

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