Ex-MCSO lieutenant charged with forgery, stealing from other officers

Posted at 3:34 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 23:12:09-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A former lieutenant with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is accused of stealing money intended for his fellow law enforcement officers.

Michael Tinner is facing 16 criminal charges, including theft and forgery.

Prosecutors filed the charges against Tinner on September 7, following an investigation that found he stole $2,470 from eight people. including other Marion County Sheriff’s deputies and an IMPD officer, through a check scheme.

Tinner helped schedule deputies to work off-duty hours at the Buffalo Wild Wings at East 62nd Street and Keystone Avenue, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The deputies made $35 an hour in cash for the hours they worked, but were supposed to make $45 an hour paid by check through Buffalo Wild Wings, court records show.

Court records show the alleged theft and forgery took place between July 2015 and February 2016.

Call 6 Investigates received a tip about Lt. Michael Tinner’s actions back in March.

Tinner resigned from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on February 26, four days after Sheriff John Layton notified Tinner he was being placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Call 6 Investigates left a message for Tinner’s attorney Monday afternoon.

Tinner was a lieutenant in the Judicial Enforcement Division of the MCSO, specifically the Civil Services Unit. He was employed from September 2007 until February 26 of this year.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the charges.

Tinner admitted to paying the officers $35 an hour for each three hour shift, and keeping the remaining money for himself.