Law enforcement sources tell the Beaver Countian that the Pennsylvania State Police are continuing an investigation into Ohioville Police Chief Ronald Lutton, despite his recent arrest.
Chief Lutton was charged with one Felony count of Theft by Deception, and one Misdemeanor count of Forgery last February. State Troopers allege Lutton had altered court hearing notices and submitted them for payment multiple times each, and also turned in timesheets claiming he was working at Ohioville Borough, when he was instead working for Brighton Township as a member of their road crew.
Troopers alleged Lutton defrauded Ohioville taxpayers by a total of $45,059, but authorities say they only examined timesheets and hearing notices dating back approximately two and a half years during their initial investigation. Officials now tell the Beaver Countian they are in the processes of examining payroll records dating back five to eight years.
Assistant District Attorney Albert Torrence has been assigned to prosecute the case, and Chief Lutton has hired attorney Myron Sainovich for his defense.
A preliminary hearing in Lutton’s case originally scheduled for March 7th was continued until April 16th.
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