PRESS RELEASE, 7/12/2006

Cleves Police Chief indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced today the indictment of Cleves Police Chief Mark Demeropolis on a series of charges including a Bureau of Motor Vehicle scam. Demeropolis, 42, has been indicted on three counts of Tampering With Records, two counts of Forgery and one count of Tampering with Evidence involving two separate incidents.

The Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission (OOCIC) found that several employees at the Deputy Registrar’s office at 6154 Colerain Avenue issued license plate registrations to businesses, friends and family members when their vehicles had failed the E-Check. In 2004 and 2005, Demeropolis licensed two personal vehicles at the location and fraudulent EPA codes were used to authorize the license plates. Demeropolis was once employed by the BMV.

In addition to Demeropolis, three employees of the Mount Airy office, including Aimee Wolfinbarger, Veronica Newell and Trecy Bates, were indicted on two counts of Tampering with Records for issuing false license plates.

In a separate incident that occurred on May 20, 2006, Demeropolis instructed a Cleves police officer to shred Datamaster information concerning a DUI arrest. He then had the officer charge the suspect with Reckless Operation instead of Driving Under the Influence.

Demeropolis is currently on unpaid administrative leave at the Cleves Police Department. He faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted on all charges.