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Vol. 23, No. 47 November 26, 2014 www.oakwoodregister.com &AR(ILLS!VEp$AYTON/( p7EBER*EWELERSCOM &ACEBOOKCOM7EBER*EWELERS 4UESq&RIAMqPMp3ATAMqPM Ex rience : Introducing the new 2014 Winter Collection from PANDORA 9OURJOYFULSIDEREÛECTSBRIGHTANDCLEARIN0!.$/2!mS NEW(OLIDAY#OLLECTION&INDINSPIRATIONINSTARSANDMOONS PULLEDFROMMAGICSKIESORNATEGENUINESILVERANDTHELATEST CHEERFULANDCLASSICHOLIDAYCHARMSAT0!.$/2!NET Oakwood safety officer accused in theft of $100,000 from police union Adding insult to injury, disgraced officer filed for unemployment after alleged theft Just one day after resigning from the city's Public Safety Department in apparent disgrace over the alleged theft of nearly $100,000 from the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, former Oakwood police officer Fred Wilson filed for unemployment benefits with the State of Ohio. Wilson, who resigned from the city's Public Safety Department on June 9, 2014, citing "per- sonal reasons" for his departure, filed a claim for unemployment benefits with the state Office of Unemployment Compensation on June 10, 2014, stating that he believed he would be discharged at a later date. Ten days later, on June 20, 2014, the Office of Unemployment Compensation notified the City of Oakwood that Wilson's claim for unemployment benefits had been denied, noting that Wilson quit his job "without just cause" under the Ohio Revised Code. Oakwood police didn't have too far to look in solving what is shap- ing up to be the city's biggest crime of the year — the alleged culprit was one of their own. A Montgomery County grand jury last week indicted former Oakwood Public Safety Officer Fred Wilson, 47, a resident of Centerville, on a felony charge of embezzling nearly $100,000 from Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 107, which represents 21 public safety officers in Oakwood. Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr., announced the indictment on Wednesday, Nov. 19, noting that an audit of Oakwood FOP records determined that Wilson stole $90,279 from the organization's checking and savings accounts, and ran up addi- tional unauthorized charges of $9,717.53 on a credit card. Heck said the missing funds were dis- covered when another Oakwood officer attempted to use the orga- nization's credit card on June 8, 2014, and discovered the card had an outstanding balance of $14,000. Wilson, a 14-year veteran of the force who served as FOP trea- surer since 2009, was indicted on one count of grand theft, a fourth degree felony. He resigned from the Oakwood Public Safety Department on June 9 citing "per- sonal reasons." "This defendant abused the trust of his fellow FOP members and took advantage of his access to the lodge's money," Heck said. "All of these funds came from FOP mem- ber dues and fundraisers." "This is a difficult time for the Oakwood Public Safety Officers and FOP Lodge 107 members," said Officer Scott Cavin, presi- dent of Oakwood Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 107. "Within 24 hours of discovering the missing funds, the lodge reported the inci- dent to the city of Oakwood and Officer Wilson had resigned." The case was then turned to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, who filed the incident report and conducted an investiga- tion before Heck referred the mat- ter to the grand jury for indictment. Since the case was investigated by the Montgomery County Sheriff's office there was no complaint report filed with the Oakwood Safety Department, noted Chief Alex Bebris. "The missing funds were entire- ly the property of FOP Lodge 107," added Bebris. "There were no city funds involved in this mat- ter." "An audit of FOP Lodge 107's finances was conducted which led to Mr. Wilson's indictment," added Cavin. "Obviously FOP Lodge 107 does not condone Mr. Wilson's actions and we hope this doesn't reflect on the dedicated public safety officers that honor- ably serve the community on a daily basis." See Theft on page 8 u Fred Wilson Retailers innovate to keep holiday shoppers local Oakwood merchants are casting a hopeful eye to the holiday sea- son this year, with several upcom- ing promotions planned to encour- age shoppers to look locally when checking items off their seasonal wish lists. While most shoppers are aware of the ever-earlier Black Friday sales coming on the heals of — and occasionally conflicting with — Thanksgiving Day dinner, local retailers are competing with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 29, an event promoted as a counterpoint to holiday mega-sales that drive mil- lions of shoppers to national retail chains. "It's a great thing to shop locally and put money back into your com- munity," said Teresa Talley of Park Avenue Antiques in Oakwood. The window display at the antique shop on Far Hills is already adorned for the holidays, but shoppers will find a complete even more Christmas spirit at Park Avenue Antique's newly opened annex at the cor- ner of Patterson Road and Shroyer. Themed '100 Years of Christmas 1880-1980,' the annex promises to Ellen Branigan and Teresa Talley with the holiday window display deco- rating Park Avenue Antiques on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood. Area retailers plan several promotions to keep holiday shoppers local this season, including a Euro-style Winter Market in Oakwood on Dec. 5-6. Look for OCC Winter-Spring 2015 guide Look for the Oakwood Department of Leisure Service's Winter-Spring 2015 program guide delivered with today's edition of The Oakwood Register. See Shoppers on page 8 u

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