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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has announced a plea by information in the case of a former Hamilton County Sheriff's Office employee and his family.
Michael Esposito, a former supervisor in the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department Property Room, admitted to stealing various types of drugs and jewelry from the Sheriff's Property Room and distributing them to his wife, Allison Esposito, and stepson, Adam Fintak. Allison Esposito and Fintak admitted to receiving the drugs and jewelry and selling them and sharing the proceeds amongst themselves.
Michael Esposito will plead to 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking (Felony 3), 1 count of Trafficking in Drugs (Felony 4), 1 count of Theft of Drugs (Felony 4) and 1 count of Theft (Felony 5). If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 10 years in prison.
Allison Esposito will plead to 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Felony 3), 1 count of Trafficking in Drugs (Felony 4), 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property (Felony 4) and 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property (Felony 5). If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of 10 years in prison.
Adam Fintak will plead to 2 counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Felony 3), 2 counts of Receiving Stolen Property (Felony 4), and 1 count of Receiving Stolen Property (Felony 5). If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of 10 years in prison.
The Information was filed with the Hamilton County Clerk of Court on Wednesday morning and assigned to Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven Martin. A hearing will be set for Judge Martin to accept their pleas and sentence them. The defendants have already signed and submitted written guilty pleas in a Waiver of Indictment.
The Information alleges that this occurred between June 2012 – February 2013. The drugs involved include methadone, oxycodone, phentermine and marijuana. All of these drugs are controlled substances.
The drugs and jewelry were from cases that had already been to court and were no longer needed as evidence. No cases, pending for trial, were impacted by this theft.
The Sheriff's Department immediately implemented new procedures to ensure that this does not occur again.
Michael Esposito was placed on administrative leave by Sheriff Neil as soon as these matters came to light and has since retired.