Accused embezzler out of jail

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM

The trial of a former Milan police officer accused of embezzling more than $5,000 from an 84-year-old woman is scheduled for Oct. 23.

Robert A. Wolfkill, 46, of 2011 S. Main St., Milan, was released Monday afternoon from the Huron County Jail after posting 10 percent of his $10,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said. Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway ordered the suspect to have no contact with the victim, whom authorities said Wolfkill reportedly met and befriended at a Milan restaurant.

Wolfkill is accused of betraying the victim's trust after she granted him the power of attorney. He reportedly bought breakfast for the victim and her late husband when Wolfkill was a Milan officer, Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said.

"The crime occurred later after he had already separated service from the Milan Police Department," Howard said, adding that Chief Jim Ward "was very helpful in this investigation."

The woman's husband died several months after the couple met Wolfkill, a former police officer in Milan, New London and Wakeman. Local police chiefs who worked with the suspect declined to comment. Wolfkill is the acting chief of the Kipton Police Department in Lorain County.

Howard said he has also reported his findings to the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation, which is doing a "parallel investigation" about the Kipton Police Department's finances.

"He is listed as a witness in their investigation," the detective explained.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler has said the local allegations, covering 2004 to 2006, don't have anything to do with Wolfkill's duties as a police officer.

Howard started his 10-month long investigation at the request of a District Area on Aging official who said the victim might be evicted from a nursing home because officials there didn't have her financial information.

"It's despicable what he did," Howard said, by "walking away from her" after he embezzled from the woman and neglected her medical expenses.

Wolfkill was arrested on a warrant Friday night while he was working as a security guard at Elyria Memorial Hospital.

Wolfkill had been held in a Huron County Jail holding cell for his own safety to avoid possible attack by other inmates because he is a police officer.

On Friday, a Huron County grand jury indicted Wolfkill on one count of theft from an elderly person. If convicted, he faces one to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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