A Clinton County wildlife officer has been indicted for theft in
office and tampering with records after being investigated by the
Ohio Inspector General (OIG) for allegedly hunting deer while on
The investigation concluded that Matthew Roberts,
along with one other officer and a supervisor, were harvesting deer
for themselves while claiming they were on duty, collecting regular
pay and, in some cases, overtime pay.
obtained the harvest reports for the entire state of Ohio for the
2009 and 2010 hunting seasons, as well as a list of all Ohio
Department of Natural Resources employees. Comparing the list of
employees against the 2009 and 2010 harvest reports, additional
instances were discovered in which Wright and (David) Warner were
hunting during their reported work hours.
Overall, OIG found that Wright and Warner were hunting while on duty
in 2008, 2009, and 2010; Roberts was hunting while on duty in
Brown County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica
Little announced the Brown County Grand Jury indicted Roberts
and Warner for Theft in Office and Tampering with Records.
Warner was also indicted for Dereliction of Duty. In October
2011, Wright was fired last year at the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources for other unrelated violations. This past May, Wright
entered a plea of guilty to charges in a federal district court,
which included an agreement to cooperate with future
investigations. Wright was sentenced in federal court July 17.
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