Cleveland police officer charged with tipping off grocer about food stamp investigation

CLEVELAND - A 19-year veteran of the Cleveland Police department was charged with obstructing justice after authorities said he tipped off a grocer about a food stamp fraud investigation.

Detective John Hall, 49, warned the grocer about an impending search, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty alleges.

Hall turned himself in to authorities Thursday afternoon and immediately posted a $5,000 bond.

Hall was charged with one count each of obstructing justice, tampering with evidence, intimidation of a witness and bribery.

He is set to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Nov. 22.

Jamal Hanini, 48, of Strongsville, was also charged in the investigation. He faces one count each of obstructing justice, perjury, intimidation of a witness and bribery.

The charges are the result of a two-year investigation by the Cleveland field office of the FBI, the Ohio Bureau of Investigation, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, and the Cleveland Police Department's Internal Affairs unit.

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