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Michael Tinner

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A former Marion County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant is facing multiple forgery and theft charges, accused of stealing from fellow law enforcement officers.

Court documents say Michael Tinner would schedule people to work at Buffalo Wild Wings, including Marion County Sheriff’s deputies and an IMPD officer who would use the job to pick up some extra money in their free time.

Tinner told them they’d be making $35 per hour in cash while on the clock. After they got their tax information, the deputies learned they were actually supposed to be making $45 per hour.

The former lieutenant is accused of taking the extra money for himself by writing checks and cashing them without consent from the victims. Photos show “Pay to the order of” was written on the checks, followed by Tinner’s signature.

When an employee brought Tinner her 10-99 tax form showing a pay discrepancy, Tinner told her the company had done the same thing to him. He said he’d get it fixed for her. A week went by and Tinner said he had not heard back from corporate. Later, he told her to not list income from Buffalo Wild Wings on her tax return.

She then requested copies of her checks from the company directly. She observed several checks showed the “pay to the order of” line followed by Tinner’s signature. She said she didn’t realize any checks had been written in her name.

Court documents show police followed up with several more victims who reported the same thing.

According to court documents, Tinner is accused of stealing $2,470 from eight individuals between July 2015 and February 2016. He faces 16 charges, eight each of theft and forgery.

Tinner resigned from the sheriff’s office in February. He began working there in 2007.

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