Police: $100,000 in donations for needy children went to man's drug, gambling habits

    Jerry Hinkle is accused of soliciting donations for children and law enforcement organizations and spending the money on drugs and gambling (HCSO)

    UPDATE: Jerry Hinkle made his first court appearance Wednesday morning in Hamilton County. Hinkle is charged with theft and telecommunications fraud, both of which are felonies.

    Investigators said Hinkle stole from senior citizens, businesses and many more to fund a drug and gambling habit.

    They said he did it by claiming the money would help needy children and police through the “shop with a cop” program.

    "You're absolutely disgusted when you hear that because ultimately we want to be and most of the time we are the most trusted people in our society. And so, when people use our name, the name of law enforcement going about stealing from others, it absolutely makes you sick," Cincinnati FOP President Dan Hils said.

    Hils said the F.O.P. is getting ready to announce a new foundation that will help local police officers.

    "I can tell you that foundation will never call you at home. We will never knock on your door. When you're getting those calls at home and knocks on the door, be very suspicious, " Hils said.

    Hinkle is being held at the Hamilton County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He must post 10 percent of that in order to get out of jail.


    CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A man is accused of scamming people out of $100,000 to fund his gambling and drug habits. Jerry Hinkle is charged with theft and telecommunications fraud.

    Hinkle is accused of calling a number of elderly people, homeowners and businesses and soliciting donations to the Greater Cincinnati Police Athletic Organization. He allegedly told them donations would go to needy children and police for school supplies and Shop with a Cop.

    That wasn't the case.

    Hinkle is accused of scamming people over the past year.

    A judge ordered him held on $100,000 bond.

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