Former Baltimore Police officer and daughter indicted for fraud

A former Baltimore, Ohio police officer and his daughter are facing charges for allegedly defrauding Fairfield County Job and Family Services.

Larry Kilbarger, 67, of Lancaster, resigned his position early last week and was indicted for tampering with records, court documents show. They accuse Kilbarger of falsifying or destroying records for calculating food assistance or Medicaid benefits between December 2012 and January 2016..

Court documents explain his daughter, Melissa Kilbarger, also of Lancaster, was indicted for grand theft for stealing $35,172 in food assistance benefits between December 2012 and January 2016. Additionally, she was indicted on a second count for theft by defrauding Medicaid benefits in the amount of $4,984 in 2013.

Baltimore Police Chief Mike Tussey told ABC 6 On Your Side he was made aware of an investigation in 2015 by a lieutenant, but was never told then-officer Kilbarger was the target. Tussey said Kilbarger explained his daughter may be in trouble with Fairfield County Jobs and Family Services and he may be questioned. Tussey said he was surprised the part-time officer was indicted.

“This was out of left field,” Tussey said. “We had no reason to believe anything was going on.”

A special prosecutor has been assigned to both of the Kilbargers' cases.

No Baltimore Police investigation will be conducted since the officer resigned before he was indicted, according to Tussey.

Kilbarger has served two part-time stints with Baltimore Police. Before that, state records show he worked for the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office as a probation officer and nearly 25 years with the Lancaster Police Department.

Both Kilbargers were arraigned Friday in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court and pleaded not guilty.

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