WILMINGTON — Officials say a former police chief used donations that were meant for a police K-9 on himself.

The state auditor's office announced Thursday Clinton Brown has been indicted by a grand jury on felony theft of office.

Auditor Dave Yost says donors gave more than $14,000 to the New Vienna Police Department K9 Fund in 2017, an account set up in Brown's name so he could purchase a police dog.

New Vienna Mayor Kathi Stone later requested state officials to investigate how the money was spent.

Yost's office says Brown acknowledged spending some of the money on clothing, food and gas.

He resigned as village police chief in December 2017.

Yost's office says the village discovered outstanding bills of more than $3,000 after Brown resigned.

New Vienna is in Clinton County, northeast of Cincinnati.