ELYRIA — An Ohio Highway Patrol trooper placed on administrative leave in February has been indicted on counts of forgery and falsification.
Corey Resendez, 28, who was a trooper assigned to the Elyria post, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of forgery and a misdemeanor count of falsification by a Lorain County grand jury, according to a secret indictment unsealed Thursday.
Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said his office has spoken with Resendez’s attorney, and Resendez is cooperating with prosecutors. Will said he expects a quick resolution to the case.
“We have evidence that there was paperwork generated that would have upped his number of arrests but nothing that would have compromised the court system,” Will said.
However, Will said some of the falsified paperwork could have ended up in other public records system.
“It may have made a public document, but nothing was put into the court system,” Will said. “It may have created a public document in a different information system.”
Resendez was placed on administrative leave by the Ohio Highway Patrol in February. The Highway Patrol said the action was taken so investigators could conduct an internal review into whether the trooper made traffic stops and claimed traffic citations were issued when warnings were issued instead, potentially altering his enforcement statistics.
In February, a patrol spokesperson said there is “no indication that anyone received a ticket who shouldn’t have been cited.”
Resendez’s attorney, J. Anthony Rich, said his client has resigned from his position with the Highway Patrol. Rich also said he and his client are looking to resolve the case quickly with prosecutors.
He will likely be arraigned in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on Thursday.
He was released on bond from Lorain County Jail shortly after his arrest, according to jail records.