Former NW Ohio sheriff admits to misusing funds

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former sheriff in northwestern Ohio will face sentencing this spring after pleading guilty to misspending government funds.

Former Ottawa County sheriff Robert Bratton pleaded guilty this past week to improperly spending about $5,000 from federal funds earmarked for law enforcement needs.

Prosecutors say he'll likely face up to six months in prison when he's sentenced in May.

Bratton was sheriff in Ottawa County from 2004 to 2011.

Bratton told a judge he has repaid the money and that he made mistakes such as buying gift cards for underprivileged students at local schools without keeping a record. He also said he should have cleared some of his purchases.

Prosecutors say he spent some of the money on personal items including clothing, prescription medicine and tickets for Cedar Point amusement park.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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