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Investigation shows ODNR officers hunted deer on-duty, falsifyed work records

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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) -

An investigation revealed that 18 employees from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources of Wildlife acted wrongfully by either hunting deer while on-duty, or falsifying work records, according to a report made by the inspector general.

The initiative began after the inspector general completed an earlier investigation which resulted in the prosecution and conviction of two Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officers who were deer hunting while on duty in Brown County.

Suspecting the activities might be more than an isolated incident, the inspector general launched a review of the timekeeping records for the days when any of the 490 employees at the division of wildlife reported harvesting a deer. The timekeeping records for 18 wildlife employees contained conflicting information which showed wrongful activity: either the employee was on-duty while engaged in deer hunting activities, or off-duty and falsifying work records to obtain pay they were not entitled to receive.

 Prosecuting attorneys in several Ohio counties have been provided the report of investigation for further consideration: Adams, Belmont, Butler, Champaign, Columbiana, Defiance, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Geauga, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Mercer, Sandusky, Stark, Vinton, and Wyandot.

 Ohio Inspector General Report of Investigation file number 2012-CA00061 is now available at:

http://watchdog.ohio.gov/Investigations/2013Investigations.aspx

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