Suspended police chief charged with theft

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OHIOVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A suspended western Pennsylvania police chief has been charged with theft and forgery.



Ronald Lutton, 57, of Industry, was charged Wednesday for allegedly falsifying time sheets, altering documents and receiving wages for hours he did not work between Jan. 2009 and Aug. 2012.



Lutton was suspended from his job as Ohioville police chief last August. That’s about 40 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.



Authorities say the alleged thefts resulted in $45,000 of improper payments. Lutton’s attorney, Myron Rudy Sainovich, says he hasn’t seen the evidence yet but hopes there may be some accounting errors or other misunderstanding.



Lutton was released without bail on Wednesday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 7.





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