Cleveland officer charged with misusing police database




CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland policeman accused of misusing the statewide law enforcement database to benefit his private security business has been indicted on 53 counts, including charges of unauthorized use of the database, theft and tax fraud.

Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2fpdbpW ) reports prosecutors allege 44-year-old Theodore Perez and his sister illegally used the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway database for unauthorized background checks from the company.

Calls Wednesday to Perez's attorney went unanswered, and his office wasn't accepting messages.

Perez was charged initially after an internal investigation by Cleveland police, and he's been suspended without pay. He's also accused of failing to pay $113,000 in sales taxes for his business and operating it after his vendor's license was suspended.

His sister is charged with illegally accessing the database.

They are scheduled for arraignment Dec. 7.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com
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