Former Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts deputy director pleads guilty to 37 felony charges

CLEVELAND - Mark Lime, the former Deputy Director of the Criminal Division of the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts pleaded guilty to 37 felony charges and is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 10.

Some of the charges include tampering with records, unlawful use of a computer system, and theft in office, all of which occurred when Lime stole nearly $8,500 in incoming bond payments while working for the clerk of courts.

Lime had two methods of stealing the money, both involving bonds, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office.

The first method consisted of him taking crime fees from bonds that were posted by criminal defendants. Prosecutors said Lime would then pocket the fee or manipulate the court documents to cover up his theft.

In the second method, according to the prosecutor's office, Lime would pocket the cash from a bond judgment when a defendant failed to appear in court.

"Mark Lime allowed his greed to abuse his position of public trust. He disgraced not only himself, but also the hard-working, honest public servants who serve the taxpayers on a daily basis," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty. "We want to send a message that public corruption in Cuyahoga County will be vigorously prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Lime was terminated from his position on Sept. 15, 2011.

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