Ohio prosecutor indicts famous groundhog for fraud

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — An Ohio prosecutor is ready to go to court over the cold start to spring.

The prosecutor is laying the blame at the feet of the rodent best known for predicting when the spring season will start.

On Thursday, he handed out an indictment against Punxsutawney Phil.

He is the Pennslyvania groundhog who is pulled from his burrow every year to predict the start of spring.

"It's definitely not spring, it's a snowstorm. And temperatures are in the teens," said Mike Gmoser. "And when I came to work in the wind and the cold, I said to myself something is wrong with Phil. You know  Punxsutawney has some answers that needs to give, and I'm just going to have to indict him."

The press release reads, "On Groundhog Day, Phil 'did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early.'"

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