Mayor who’s also standup comedian indicted on theft charges

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) — A small-city Ohio mayor who’s also a veteran standup comedian has been indicted on four felony counts including election falsification.

The Ohio auditor’s office announcement Tuesday follows a months-long investigation of Republican Drew Hastings by special prosecutors appointed by a Highland County judge. The counts also include theft, theft in office and tampering with records.

Hastings says he was served with the indictment while having lunch.

Among allegations under investigation were improper personal use of Hillsboro city trash bins, a $500 vacant building fee refund he received and election falsification concerning his residency in the city of 6,600 residents, where he has a downtown apartment. He has called the investigation politically motivated.

The 62-year-old Hastings was re-elected last November to a second four-year term.

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