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President Michael O'Malley, Cuyahoga County

On behalf of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association let me welcome you to our website.  Here you will find information about the role of prosecuting attorneys and our Association.

The prosecutor’s role in the criminal justice system is often misunderstood.  Ohio’s 88 elected county prosecutors are committed to justice.  The prosecutors I know aren’t motivated by “winning” or trying to send everyone to prison for as long as possible. They are motivated by their responsibility to enforce the law, to make their communities safe and to fairly administer justice. And fairness and justice is what matters most of all.  Prosecutors live this every day.

Part of our role is to have a voice in public policy debates affecting the criminal justice system. To that end, Ohio’s prosecutors serve an important function reviewing and advocating for legislation with one goal in mind – the safety and security of our communities.

Ohio’s prosecutors are active in community and civic affairs.  From speaking to school children about the dangers of drugs to serving on numerous committees and commissions, Ohio’s elected prosecutors and their assistants serve in vital roles.

As legal counsel to a variety of County elected officials, offices and agencies your county prosecutor assists in ensuring efficient and responsible county government. 

I’m proud to be a prosecutor and honored to serve as President of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.  Please take your time and look around.  Hopefully you will find information here that is educational and informative about your county prosecutor. 

Michael C. O'Malley
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor
2022 OPAA President

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Ohio's Judicial System: What you should know.

- OPAA Conviction Review Best Practices

- What do county prosecutors do?

- The grand jury

- Plea agreements

- DNA testing

- Death penalty

Upcoming Events:

Executive and Legislative Committee
May 26th, 2022
Highbanks Metro Park (nature center), Lewis Center, Ohio

OPAA Summer Workshop
June 24th and 25th, 2022
Breakers Cedar Point

OPAA Fall Training
September 29th and 30th, 2022
Crowne Plaza Cleveland Playhouse Square

OPAA Administrative Professionals Training
October 27th, 2022
Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square

OPAA Annual Meeting
December 8th and 9th
Hilton Columbus at Easton

Locate Your County Prosecutor

From Butler County Prosecutor Gmoser:

May is older Americans Awareness Month which reminds us that not only of the physical abuse that happens upon our aging population, but also the monitary scams on older persons that can truly be an devistating issue.

While we still see many of the same scams that have been around for years, we know that scammers tend to maximize on the latest national event or season.

With spring in the air we find more aging folks working on repairs of their homes and hiring "contractors" that happen to be in the neighborhood working on a house and can save them all kinds of money, with just a bit of downpayment. While not always a scam, one should verify their claim with the neighbors and be ever caucious of con artists looking to take advantage of those that can least afford it.

Also, with the unrest in the Ukraine many will get calls for donations. There are many ways through reputable charities to help those in need. If you have concerns, one place to check if a charity is reputable is charitynavigator.org.

Thanks to Butler CountyProsecutor Gmoser for sharing this tip sheet that his office uses when presenting to his ageing constituants.

It’s probably a SCAM if:

  • you see a “pop-up” COVID test site that has not been referred by your doctor or is not listed on a public health website.
  • you receive a threatening call from the IRS or Social Security Administration.
  • you receive a call from a grandchild who is in trouble, needs money immediately and wants you to keep it a secret.
  • you receive a request for money on Facebook, IM or Text from an acquaintance or stranger.
  • you see an opportunity on-line promising a job, but you must provide your Personal Identifying Information (PII) and/or money.
  • you receive a phone call, email or a pop-up message on your computer asking for your PII.
  • a message pops up on your computer suggesting that your computer has a virus and you have to pay them to fix it. DO NOT CLICK ON THE MESSAGE.
  • you are offered a free trial, but have to pay shipping and handling.
  • you receive a call, email or letter informing you that you have won the lottery, sweepstakes or “Publisher’s Clearing House”.  It always follows with a request for you to send money for insurance or taxes.
  • you meet someone on-line who professes their love quickly without actually meeting you, claims to need money for an emergency, tries to lure you off the dating site and/or  plans to visit, but they always cancel because of some “emergency.”

What is Personal Identifiable Information (PII)?
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines Personal Identifiable Information or PII as any information that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information that is linked or linkable to that individual, regardless of whether the individual is a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, visitor to the U.S., or employee or contractor to the Department. Examples of PII are: your full name, home address, email address, social security number, Medicare number, passport number, driver’s license number, credit card numbers & date of birth.

Butler County Prosecuting Attorney
Michael T. Gmoser
SCAM HOTLINE: 1-888-662-3673

The tip sheet can be also be downloaded by clicking this line

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