PRESS RELEASE, 12/21/2010

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Announces Indictment Of Water Works Employees

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of 7 Cincinnati Water Works employees for 2 counts each of felony Theft in Office. Indicted today for theft of water and sewer services were: Timothy Radcliff (DOB7-22-71) Construction Inspector; Veno Mitchell (DOB 2/27/71) Maintenance Crew Leader; Joe Harrison Jr. (DOB 4/25/67) Valve Operator; David Boggs (DOB 1/29/65) Plant Maintenance Worker; Charles Evans (DOB 3/21/59) Maintenance Crew Leader; Alfred Brewster (DOB 5/26/66) Valve Operator; and James Jackson Jr. (DOB 3/19/64) Water Customer Service Representative.

Today's charges are either Felony 4 Theft in Office (if the amount alleged in the indictment is over $500.00) or Felony 5 Theft in Office (if the amount alleged in the indictment is under $500). Those individuals charged with Felony 4 charges face the possibility of 6 - 18 months in prison. A Felony 5 charge carries the possibility of 6 - 12 months in prison.

Each defendant is charged with one count for theft of water and one count for theft of sewer services. The defendants' residential water meters were either tampered with or removed in order to lower their water bills. This also affected their bill for sewer services as sewer services are based on the amount of water charged to a residence.

The Cincinnati Police Department began this investigation in the summer of 2010 when the Water Works contacted them concerned about the possibility of employee theft. Today's indictment is the result of the approximately 3 month long investigation.

David Rager, Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works commented, "Greater Cincinnati Water Works identified a potential criminal problem and contacted the police. Our employees are expected to conduct themselves with honesty and integrity. We greatly value the confidence and trust our customers place in us and we simply will not tolerate any behavior that may compromise that trust. I am extremely disappointed that this happened."

Prosecutor Joe Deters commented, "Even though the dollar amount is not high, theft in office is a very serious matter."