By: Disgusted Taxpayer
“The Furtherance of Justice Fund (FOJ) enacted in 1967, a time when the drug culture was seeping into Ohio and sheriffs and prosecutors were asking for funds they could use at their own discretion for informants and undercover operations.
“The law was broadly worked so sheriffs and prosecutor could spend the money on anything within their official duties and “in the furtherance of justice.”
“Every elected prosecutor and sheriff in Ohio has such a fund, which equals 50 percent of what the officeholder earns.
“The fund can be used for drug-buy money and to pay confidential informants, to buy bulletproof vests and to investigate terrorists — or for any crime-fighting purpose not covered in the officeholder’s regular annual budget….”
Sheriff Hildebrant spent $12,355 on, among other things 10,000 junior deputy badges and 2,500 credit card holders. These were obviously items to be handed out promoting him as Sheriff. How do these expenses benefit the furtherance of justice when the drug problem is so serious in our county?
And what about the $400 charge from Mangia, Mangia! restaurant? None of the money is ever allowed to be spent on alcohol.
Hildebrand gets approximately $45,000 a year for his FOJ Fund the prosecutor Flaiz gets about $70,000. They have full discretion on how the money is spent and unspent money has to be returned to the county. What are the chances that ever happened?
Under ORC 325.071 the Sheriff has to file with the county auditor before the first Monday of January in an itemized manner of how the money was spent. It may be time to start requesting those reports from the auditor.