REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WCMH)–A former lieutenant in the Reynoldsburg Police Department has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to deprive persons of civil rights and federal program theft.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio said Wednesday that Shane Mauger “stole money and property” during his tenure as an officer, dating from Nov. 2006. The district attorney said Mauger and a co-conspirator stole between $150,000-$250,000 of money and property.

The district attorney’s statement, in part:

According to the statement of facts, Mauger was employed as a police officer with the Reynoldsburg Division of Police during the time of his offenses. Since at least November 2006, Mauger conspired with at least one other person to steal money and property in his capacity as a police officer. The money and property he stole came from the execution of search warrants, the execution of consent searches and other police actions. In total, the conspirators stole between $150,000 and $250,000 of money and property.

Mauger and at least one other person also filed false paperwork as part of the conspiracy. Mauger caused search warrant affidavits to be submitted to judges, knowing the affidavits contained false statements. For example, Mauger caused an affidavit to be filed that stated marijuana had been found in a trash pull at a residence, which he knew that in fact no marijuana had been found. He then participated in the execution of a resulting search warrant, which he knew was based on false information. Mauger also conspired with at least one other person to cause police reports to underreport how much money had been found in search warrants. The police reports excluded the amount of money the conspirators unlawfully seized.

By stealing money and property and by causing false statements to be made in affidavits in support of search warrants, Mauger oppressed persons’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and their Fourteenth Amendment right not to be deprived of property without due process of law.

Each of the crimes carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Mauger has not yet been arraigned. Mauger was placed on administrative leave immediately after Downard’s arrest. He resigned from the Reynoldsburg Police Department effective last Friday.

Mauger becomes the second Reynoldsburg officer charged in a federal corruption investigation.

Narcotics detective Ty Downard was arrested in February on charges that he diverted narcotics seized during police investigations. Federal authorities alleged that Downard delivered the drugs to a street level dealer with whom he split the proceeds.

Downard committed suicide in his jail cell in Delaware County a few days after his arrest.

Downard and Mauger often worked together on narcotics investigations. The Franklin County Prosecutors Office dismissed charges in at least 15 pending drug cases because of Downard’s involvement.What others are clicking on: