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City Considers Filing Lawsuit Against Former Police Chief

August 15, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A possible civil suit against Toronto's former police chief was discussed during Monday's City Council meeting.

Council voted 6-0 during the meeting to allow the city law director to file a civil suit to recoup overpayment of overtime and other benefits to former police chief Danny Mosti. The overpayment occurred in 2004 and 2005 and was discovered by the Ohio Auditor's Office in March 2008, according to Craig Allen, city law director.

"The former police chief has refused to return the funds," said Allen, adding the state attorney general was pressuring the city to try and recoup the money. "At the time (of the overpayment discovery) council did nothing. The state wants to recoup those funds so they can give them back to the city."

Mosti retired as chief of the force in 2011.

Allen said the state attorney general's office has been urging state municipalities to pursue additional revenue sources discovered through state audits in the past several years.

He added other city workers also had been overpaid, according to the audits, but only Mosti has refused to return the overpayment.

Monday's legislation stated Mosti had been notified in writing about the overpayment and "has refused to refund the money he was overpaid."

Allen said city officials weren't yet sure what amount they were seeking from Mosti.

"We don't have a final number on that yet," said Allen.

Attempts to reach Mosti were unsuccessful.

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