A former Newcomerstown police officer has been indicted on six criminal charges in connection with a false report he made April 11 about a man shooting at him during a traffic stop.
Bryan J. Eubanks is facing charges of inducing panic, making false alarms, two counts of tampering with evidence, forgery and Workers' Compensation fraud.
Eubanks was served with the indictment at his home without incident at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, according to Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell.
The Tuscarawas County Grand Jury's indictment was stamped as received by the clerk of courts' office on Monday. The case was presented by a special prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General's Office.
Eubanks, 37, admitted to investigators that he had fabricated the incident. His admission was announced a week afterward at a news conference held by Campbell and Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland. Eubanks said he made up the story to cover a self-inflicted wound from a suicide attempt.
The officer's initial allegation that he had been shot by a man in a black Geo Tracker touched off a regional manhunt. The indictment says the economic harm from the incident is between $1,000 and $7,500, and that no one was physically harmed.
Two of the charges against Eubanks, inducing panic and making false alarms, include firearm specifications carrying sentences of three years and one year each.
Other details of the indictment are:
■ The Workers' Compensation fraud charge is a first-degree misdemeanor. The indictment says he made a false or misleading statement with the purpose of securing payment.
■ The forgery charge, a fifth-degree felony, arises from from the fraud charge. It accuses him of facilitating a fraud on Ohio Bureau of Workers by making a false claim in writing.
■ Making false alarms is a fifth-degree felony. Eubanks is alleged to have reported an offense to law enforcement knowing that it did not occur. The incident caused economic harm of $1,000 or more but less than $7,500. It says he had a firearm on his person while committing the offense.
■ The tampering with evidence charges are third-degree felonies.
■ One evidence-tampering charge says that while Eubanks knew an investigation was in progress, or was to be made, did "make, present, or use any record, document, or thing, knowing it to be false and with purpose to mislead a public official who was or might have been engaged in such proceeding or investigation, or with purpose to corrupt the outcome of any such proceeding or investigation."
■ The second evidence-tampering charge says that while he knew an investigation was, or was to be, instituted did "alter, destroy, conceal, or remove any record, document, or thing, with purpose to impair its value or availability as evidence in such proceeding or investigation."
Court records do not indicate that Eubanks has an attorney.
There is no indication of a schedule for his initial court appearance.