Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Ex-Cincinnati police captain pleads guilty to bribery, filing false tax return


A former Cincinnati police captain has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge and to filing a false federal tax return, records show.

Michael Savard entered the pleas late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati.

Court documents say Savard early this summer asked for and received $5,000 from a sergeant in exchange for a promise to retire early from the department, so the sergeant could be promoted.

The documents also say Savard under-reported his income for the 2015 tax year by not reporting money he earned working off-duty details at businesses.

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Savard’s attorney has previously said the range of punishment for bribery could be as light as probation and that he will argue Savard doesn’t deserve to be incarcerated.

Shortly after his arrest, Savard retired from the Cincinnati Police Department. His last day on the department’s payroll was June 9, officials said. He had his police powers suspended in January, although city officials have never said why.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled, but will likely happen next year.

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