COLUMBUS (WCMH)–Former Reynoldsburg police officer Shane Mauger was sentenced to 33 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of unlawfully seizing money and property during drug trafficking investigations and falsifying search warrant affidavits.
US District Judge Algenon Marbley also fined Mauger $40,000 and ordered him to remain under court supervision for two years after he gets out of prison, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
Mauger agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to deprive persons of civil rights and a second charge of federal program theft. He allegedly worked with former officer Tye Downard, who was arrested in February after months of surveillance by FBI agents documented him stealing drugs during police actions. Downard committed suicide in his jail cell earlier this year.
Mauger and Downard’s activities stretched as far back as 2006. They stole between $150,000 and $250,000 during the conspiracy, the DOJ states in the press release.
Mauger lied to judges in search warrant affidavits in support of drug trafficking investigations and admitted to stealing cash during and after police searches. He reportedly removed some of the stolen cash from a safe when he found out that federal law enforcement agencies were investigating him.