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Former Leetonia Police Chief accused of theft in office

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LEETONIA, Ohio -

A former police chief in Columbiana county is being accused of theft in office.

When Leetonia's mayor took office last year he thought there were some discrepancies in the village's accounts and asked for an audit.

What that audit allegedly found was money missing from the police department's Care and Share Program and from its fund raising account.  

The Care and Share program helps low-income families in the area during Christmas.

John Soldano, 52, is charged with theft in office for that missing money.

He is accused of taking around $14,000 from those accounts between June 2013 and June 2015.

Soldano served as Leetonia's police chief from 1997 to 2015.  He resigned that October.

"It's always unfortunate when something like this comes to our attention. Unfortunately it happens all the time and we just do our jobs. We will handle this case just like any other case," said Columbiana County Prosecutor, Robert Herron.

If found guilty of the third-degree felony, Soldano could face 1-3 years in prison.

He will be arraigned at Columbiana County Common Pleas Court on June 8th.

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