One of the prisoners approached by Sweeney, Bryce McKinley, said he received two checks, one for $175.30 and the other for $420. Sweeney then allegedly told him “a glitch occurred in the accounting system,” and demanded that McKinley cash the checks and give him the proceeds of the $420 check. A bank official noticed McKinley video recording the transaction and notified authorities, leading to an investigation that revealed Sweeney had improperly issued other checks.
For example, a $460 check was cut to a released prisoner identified as “R.F.” According to R.F., Sweeney told him to meet at the bank and cash the check. Sweeney then kept $400 and gave $60 to R.F. Another former prisoner, “S.N.,” received a $500 check from Sweeney, who drove him to the bank. After cashing the check, S.N. received $100 and Sweeney pocketed the balance.
Following his arrest, Sweeney was released on a $4,000 signature bond; he is on administrative leave from the Sheriff’s office.
Sources: Leader-Telegram, www.cumberland-advocate.com
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