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Josh Sweigart

Josh Sweigart investigates government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. His stories focus on government spending in southwest Ohio, as well as the statehouse and U.S. Capitol. Sweigart has won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Society of Ohio. He has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, and in addition to writing for the Dayton Daily News has covered Clark County government for the Springfield News-Sun and Butler County government for the Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. He also collaborates on I-Team stories with WHIO-TV. Sweigart is a graduate of Wright State University and Wayne High School in Huber Heights.  Find @ITeamOhio on Twitter Find I-Team on Facebook

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Englewood mom of disabled boy gets deportation date: Nov. 27
 Sara Hamdi is still trying to figure out how to tell her brother, Sami, that their mother will be getting on an airplane after Thanksgiving and there’s no saying when they will see her again. Their mother, Fatiha Elgharib, received orders recently that she is being deported back to Morocco on Nov. 27 for over-staying her visa after...

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Sara Hamdi is still trying to figure out how to tell her brother, Sami, that their mother will be getting on an airplane after Thanksgiving and there’s no saying when they will see her again. Their mother, Fatiha Elgharib, received orders recently that she is being deported back to Morocco on Nov. 27 for over-staying her visa after...
Report reveals how public employees pocket public funds across Ohio
 State audits have uncovered $3.4 million in missing funds over the past decade at 77 governments across the state, including several in the Miami Valley, a report released today by the Ohio auditor’s office says. The report lays out schemes used by public employees at local governments and schools across the state to pocket public funds...

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State audits have uncovered $3.4 million in missing funds over the past decade at 77 governments across the state, including several in the Miami Valley, a report released today by the Ohio auditor’s office says. The report lays out schemes used by public employees at local governments and schools across the state to pocket public funds...
County spending on jail lawsuits tops $1M
 The amount of taxpayer money spent defending and settling a spate of lawsuits against the Montgomery County Jail soared above a million dollars Tuesday when county commissioners approved a $380,000 payout to Emily Evans. Evans, then 27, was brought to the jail in 2014 on a drunk driving charge. The lawsuit claimed Evans was was threatened...

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The amount of taxpayer money spent defending and settling a spate of lawsuits against the Montgomery County Jail soared above a million dollars Tuesday when county commissioners approved a $380,000 payout to Emily Evans. Evans, then 27, was brought to the jail in 2014 on a drunk driving charge. The lawsuit claimed Evans was was threatened...
Jail captain charged with assault for pepper-spraying inmate
 The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain whose pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate — and disappearance of records of the incident — spurred a federal probe and civil lawsuit pleaded not guilty today to a misdemeanor assault charge. Capt. Judith Sealey was charged in Dayton Municipal Court on Nov. 8 for pepper spraying...

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The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office captain whose pepper-spraying of a restrained inmate — and disappearance of records of the incident — spurred a federal probe and civil lawsuit pleaded not guilty today to a misdemeanor assault charge. Capt. Judith Sealey was charged in Dayton Municipal Court on Nov. 8 for pepper spraying...
New trustees may target consultant’s $119-per-hour contract
 Both of Miami Twp.’s two newly elected trustees are questioning the need for a part-time compliance officer who the township is paying $119.46 per hour. “If the trustees and the administrator are doing their jobs, I don’t know why a compliance officer is necessary,” said John Morris, the top vote-getter in the election...

Posted: 4 days ago

Both of Miami Twp.’s two newly elected trustees are questioning the need for a part-time compliance officer who the township is paying $119.46 per hour. “If the trustees and the administrator are doing their jobs, I don’t know why a compliance officer is necessary,” said John Morris, the top vote-getter in the election...
Ex-village worker sues state, claims malicious prosecution
 The former fiscal officer for New Madison is suing the Ohio Auditor of State, claiming malicious prosecution after theft-in-office charges against the former village accountant were dismissed. Wanda Lacey on Oct. 25 filed a lawsuit against the state auditor’s office in which she accused the auditor’s office of seeking felony theft-in-office...

Posted: 7 days ago

The former fiscal officer for New Madison is suing the Ohio Auditor of State, claiming malicious prosecution after theft-in-office charges against the former village accountant were dismissed. Wanda Lacey on Oct. 25 filed a lawsuit against the state auditor’s office in which she accused the auditor’s office of seeking felony theft-in-office...
Village fiscal officer ‘negligent’ but theft in office charges dropped
 The Ohio auditor’s office today ordered a former New Madison fiscal officer to repay $8,166 in mishandled public funds, months after theft in office charges against her were dropped. The state audit released today says Wanda Lacey was consistently late in paying federal, state and local taxes and filing reports in 2013 and 2014, leading...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Ohio auditor’s office today ordered a former New Madison fiscal officer to repay $8,166 in mishandled public funds, months after theft in office charges against her were dropped. The state audit released today says Wanda Lacey was consistently late in paying federal, state and local taxes and filing reports in 2013 and 2014, leading...
Local jails overcrowded, failing safety standards, investigation shows
 The Montgomery County Jail housed 791 people during its November 2016 inspection. The state says it should house no more than 443 to ensure staff and inmates are safe. The Clark County Jail had 195 inmates during its last inspection — 28 over its state-recommended capacity. In fact, of 12 jails in an eight-county region in southwest...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Montgomery County Jail housed 791 people during its November 2016 inspection. The state says it should house no more than 443 to ensure staff and inmates are safe. The Clark County Jail had 195 inmates during its last inspection — 28 over its state-recommended capacity. In fact, of 12 jails in an eight-county region in southwest...
Sheriff Jones: New state program will ‘shove felons down our throat’
 Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones doesn’t think much of the state of Ohio’s Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison. He thinks the program, which was passed this summer, will force local law enforcement to deal with people who...

Posted: 9 days ago

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones doesn’t think much of the state of Ohio’s Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison. He thinks the program, which was passed this summer, will force local law enforcement to deal with people who...
‘It’s going to shove felons down our throats,’ Ohio sheriff says about new prison law
 As Ohio counties work to rein in overcrowding at county jails, area law enforcement officials fear a change in state law will increase jail populations even more. State lawmakers this summer passed the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison...

Posted: 9 days ago

As Ohio counties work to rein in overcrowding at county jails, area law enforcement officials fear a change in state law will increase jail populations even more. State lawmakers this summer passed the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison program, which prevents judges from sending certain low-level felony offenders to state prison...