Ohio town mayor and comedian Drew Hastings indicted on falsification, theft, tampering charges

Posted at 2:29 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 07:46:22-04

HILLSBORO, Ohio -- Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings was indicted on four felony charges by the Highland County grand jury Tuesday, concluding a multi-month investigation.

Hastings, also a standup comedian, is charged with election falsification, theft, theft in office and tampering with records.

A statement from Ohio Auditor David Yost said the claims "involve allegedly listing a false address on his Declaration of Candidacy form; for claiming a city refund of $500 for a vacant building he owned and for altering documents related to the refund and; for instructing a contractor to use a city Dumpster to dispose of construction debris."

Yost said Hastings has "long complained about the length of time a careful, proper investigation takes. The investigation is now complete, and the evidence will be made public appropriately, in a court of law.

"I am confident the jury of his peers will find that evidence amounts to proof beyond a reasonable doubt," he continued.