Three Youngstown-area men indicted for conspiracy, Obstruction of Justice, related charges
A six-count indictment was filed charging three Youngstown-area men with Hobbs Act conspiracy, conspiracy to obstruct justice, making false statements and related charges, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Office.
Indicted are Neal Atway, 47, of Youngstown; Scott Cochran, 43, of Austintown, and Mohd Rawhneh, 54, of Boardman.
Rawhneh, with the assistance of Atway and Cochran, obtained and attempted to obtain things of value from the owner of several convenience stores in the Youngstown area, according to the indictment.
These actions took place between April and November 2012 and were done to enrich the conspirators or their designees, according to the indictment.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark S. Bennett and Antoinette T. Bacon following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.