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Delaware Co. Grand Jury Indicts Detective for ID Fraud

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A Delaware City police detective was indicted for identity fraud Friday after allegedly posing as a county attorney and forging the signatures of two of his supervisors.

The Delaware County Grand Jury indicted Patrick Gerke Friday on charges related to his alleged assumption of the identity of an unnamed Franklin County attorney, and the signing of the names of two Delaware City Police supervisors to unspecified documents.

Gerke faces a felony charge of identity fraud, as well as a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of property. The charges carry a possible combined sentence of 18 months behind bars, although a presumption against prison time exists under Ohio law, according to Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth W. Oswalt.

Delaware Police Department has placed Gerke on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the case.
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