Frazeysburg Village Offices are Key Interest to Investigation

by Danielle Cotterman on November 17, 2011 at 7:11 am

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office raided some village offices in Frazeysburg Thursday. It was a joint operation, including representation of the State Auditor’s Office.

Sheriff Matt Lutz said his deputies executed search warrants stemming from accusations of misspent tax money and possible criminal wrongdoing. Offices searched include the Municipal Building on State Street, the Water Plant on Spellman Lane and the Sewer Plant on Canal Street.

"There have been several acquisitions against the Frazeysburg Mayor’s office and the Village Council," said Lutz. 

Sheriff Lutz would not release much detail but did confirm one of the accusations filed involves the alleged theft or misuse of fuel taken by a village administrator. Lutz said the investigations started as early as May of 2010 by the Frazeysburg Police Department. he said evidence seized in the search was primarily paperwork.

"I don’t have a definite number of documents they took today," said Lutz. "Until they get it back to the office and go through it and figure out what they’ve got we probably won’t have a real good diagnosis."

The confiscated documents will now be examined by the State Auditor’s Office. The incident remains under investigation.