Ohio Inspector General Finds ODNR Employee Falsified Bid Documents


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A report on an investigation, conducted by the Ohio Inspector General, into an alleged falsified bid by an employee of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, is being referred to the Highland County Prosecuting Attorney for potential prosecution.

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The Ohio Inspector General issued a report of investigation on Thursday after receiving a referral from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) alleging Dredge Operator 1, Jason Love, submitted a falsified bid using his father’s name in order to purchase a boat motor being auctioned by ODNR.

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Investigators determined that Love signed his father’s name and contact information to a bid form and submitted it to ODNR in a sealed bid auction. The investigation further determined that Love won the bid for the boat motor; signed his father’s name to a receipt; and paid for the boat motor in cash. ODNR policy prohibits an ODNR employee from bidding on items in auctions or using any type of proxy to bid on behalf of the employee.

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The report of investigation has been referred to the Highland County Prosecuting Attorney.

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The Ohio Inspector General’s Report of Investigation, filed under case number 2019-CA00022, is available HERE.

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