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December 2014

December 19, 2014

REYNOLDSBURG MAN SENTENCED FOR DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
James F. Druggan, Jr., 65, of Reynoldsburg, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 10 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for distributing child pornography.

December 17, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 222 MONTHS FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Christopher Blain, 38, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 222 months in prison for receiving child pornography.

December 16, 2014

MINING COMPANY SENTENCED FOR EPA VIOLATIONS
Oxford Mining Company, LLC (Oxford) has been ordered to pay $650,000 in fines and community service for the negligent failure to report violations of the company’s permit in connection with its coal mining operations.

December 16, 2014

PICKERINGTON MAN INDICTED ON DRUG, GUN, MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES
A federal grand jury has charged Andre W. Byrd, A.K.A. “Fat Dre”, 39, of Pickerington, Ohio, with one count of the possession of a firearm, one count of the possession of heroin, one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in a superseding indictment returned in Columbus.

December 11, 2014

GROVE CITY WOMAN SENTENCED IN ILLEGAL ALIEN CASE FOR FAILING TO FILE AN INCOME TAX RETURN
Jennifer A. Quintana, 38, of Grove City, Ohio, owner and operator of Quintana Construction, was sentenced to two years of probation, four months of house arrest, 50 hours of community service and was ordered to pay $61,787.32 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and a $5,000 fine. The company pleaded guilty and was sentenced for assisting illegal aliens in this country.  Jennifer Quintana pleaded guilty to on one count of willfully failing to file a federal income tax return with the IRS.  Quintana Construction previously agreed with the government to cease doing business as a labor contracting firm for the construction industry.

December 11, 2014

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN COCAINE DISTRIBUTION RING
Stephen A. Cagle, 46, of Columbus, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 36 months in prison for distributing cocaine and money laundering.

December 11, 2014

COLUMBUS PHARMACIST CHARGED WITH HEALTH CARE FRAUD
A federal grand jury has charged Maria Mascio, 59, of Columbus, Ohio, with 46 counts related to health care fraud in an indictment returned today in Columbus, Ohio.

December 9, 2014

THIRD PERSON RETURNS TO U.S. TO PLEAD GUILTY IN A FALSE INCOME TAX REFUND SCHEME
Suheidy A. Warner, 31, of Columbus pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Warner faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000

November 2014

November 21, 2014

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE COLLECTS $187 MILLION IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL ACTIONS FOR U.S. TAXPAYERS IN FISCAL YEAR 2014
U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart announced today that the Southern District of Ohio collected more than $187 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014, which ended on September 30. The Southern District of Ohio earned the 7th greatest amount of collections of the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide. Of the $187 million, approximately $181.3 million was collected in criminal actions and approximately $5.9 million was collected in civil actions

November 19, 2014

JURY CONVICTS DAYTON MAN OF BUYING STOLEN IDENTITIES ONLINE, FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS, AND ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD
A United States District Court jury convicted Lance Ealy, 28, of Dayton, of buying stolen identities online and using the identities to file more than 150 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking refunds to which he was not entitled. 

November 12, 2014

OHIO LOBBYIST SENTENCED TO 48 MONTHS FOR ROLE IN PUBLIC CORRUPTION SCHEME
A former Ohio attorney and lobbyist was sentenced today for his role in a bribery and money laundering scheme involving the Ohio Treasurer’s Office.

November 7, 2014

AIR CONDITIONER THIEF SENTENCED TO 31 MONTHS FOR VIOLATING CLEAN AIR ACT
Martin C. Eldridge III, 35, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 31 months in prison, 280 days of which has already been served, for violating the Clean Air Act when he cut the tubing on air conditioning units he was stealing and released a regulated refrigerant into the environment.

November 7, 2014

GEORGIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SECURITIES FRAUD
Charles H. Sheehan III a/k/a/ “Duke Sheehan”, 69, of Cumming, Ga. pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of securities fraud. 

November 5, 2014

CALIFORNIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA, LAUNDERING MONEY
Samuel A. Flek, 25, of Orangevale, Calif. pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to drug conspiracy and money laundering charges.

November 3, 2014

U.S. ATTORNEY CARTER STEWART APPOINTS DISTRICT ELECTION OFFICERS
United States Attorney Carter M. Stewart announced today that he has designated Election Officers in each of the district’s three offices who will lead the efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 4, 2014, elections. 

October 2014

October 29, 2014

FORMER OHIO STATE TROOPER PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF SEVERAL FEMALE MOTORISTS THROUGH SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND CYBER STALKING
A former Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol pleaded guilty today in Columbus, Ohio, to four counts of violating the civil rights of female motorists and one count of engaging in cyber stalking.

October 29, 2014

INMATE PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS FOR FELLOW PRISONERS
James Jeremy Savage, 41, originally from Springfield, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of filing false claims for income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Savage was incarcerated in Ohio state correctional facilities in Warren and Madison counties when he committed this crime.  Savage faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

October 28, 2014

RACKETEERING INDICTMENT CHARGES 3 MORE TIED TO UNSOLVED HOMICIDES, DRUG TRAFFICKING, GUN CRIMES
A federal grand jury has indicted three more people in connection with a series of violent crimes including 13 unsolved murders as well as other attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion and robbery.  The addition to the indictment includes an additional 23 felonies, including one murder and nine attempted murders.

October 24, 2014

CHILLICOTHE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK EMBEZZLEMENT AND TO FILILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS WITH THE IRS
Joseph P. Molnar, 50, of Chillicothe, Ohio, pleaded guilty one count of embezzlement from a financial institution and to one count of willfully filing a false federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Molnar faces a maximum prison term of 30 years and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

October 24, 2014

PATASKALA MAN SENTENCED TO 144 MONTHS FOR ATTEMPTING TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVTY WITH A MINOR
Richard Roman, 42, of Pataskala, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 144 months in prison and 20 years supervised release for attempting to engage in unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

October 24, 2014

DELAWARE, OHIO MAN SENTENCED TO 180 MONTHS FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Jeremy L. Wallace, 38, of Delaware, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison and lifetime supervised release for producing child pornography.

October 20, 2014

NOAA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY DOWNLOADING RESTRICTED GOVERNMENT FILES
Xiafen “Sherry” Chen, 59, of Wilmington, Ohio, was indicted in U.S. District Court for allegedly accessing restricted U.S. Government files. Chen is a hydrologist currently employed at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) facility located in Wilmington, Ohio.

October 17, 2014

PAIR INDICTED IN CONTRACT FRAUD AND KICKBACK SCHEME
A federal grand jury has indicted Rudy Rampertab, 45, and Suraj Patel, 34, of Ocoee, Fla. for their alleged connection with a $3.5 million shipping and packaging contract fraud scheme.

October 10, 2014

EXTENDICARE HEALTH SERVICES INC. AGREES TO PAY $38 MILLION TO SETTLE FALSE CLAIMS ACT ALLEGATIONS RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF SUBSTANDARD NURSING CARE AND MEDICALLY UNNECESSARY REHABILITATION THERAPY
Company Also Required to Enter Five Year Chain-wide Corporate Integrity Agreement Extendicare Health Services Inc. (Extendicare) and its subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation (ProStep) have agreed to pay $38 million to the United States and eight states to resolve allegations that Extendicare billed Medicare and Medicaid for materially substandard nursing services that were so deficient that they were effectively worthless and billed Medicare for medically unreasonable and unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services, the Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) jointly announced today.  This resolution is the largest failure of care settlement with a chain-wide skilled nursing facility in the department’s history.

October 7, 2014

LOCAL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT, USED DECEASED CHILDREN’S IDENTITIES TO FILE FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
Christopher K. Smith, 28, of Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty one count of aggravated identity theft relative to filing false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using the stolen identities belonging to deceased individuals, including children.  Smith faces a mandatory prison term of two years and a fine of up to $250,000, or twice the amount of the gain or loss.

October 6, 2014

DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO 240 MONTHS FOR DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Eugene Roberts, 59, of Dayton, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison and lifetime supervision for distributing child pornography.

October 3, 2014

WESTERVILLE YOUTH COACH ARRESTED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES
An investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement in Central Ohio has led to the arrest of Bryan Lehman, 50, of Westerville, Ohio for allegedly producing, receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography.

October 2, 2014

MEDINA MAN SENTENCED TO 116 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORN
Andrew M. Bialek, 24, of Medina, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 116 months imprisonment and 20 years supervised release for receiving child pornography. 

 

September 2014

September 24, 2014

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO REVIEW THE SHOOTING OF JOHN CRAWFORD III
The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Division, announced today that they will conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the August 5, 2014, fatal shooting of John Crawford III by an officer with the Beavercreek Police Department.  

September 23, 2014

LOCAL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RUNNING $8.7 MILLION PONZI SCHEME
John R. Bullar, 52, of Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and to one count of money laundering relative to a fraudulent investment scheme that he ran for 10 years.  Bullar faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

September 23, 2014

THIRTEEN ARRESTED IN ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
An investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement in Central Ohio has led to the arrest of 13 people on charges of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

September 19, 2014

MADEIRA MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS FOR TWO COUNTS OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Timothy Lawrence Andriot, 39, of Madeira, Ohio was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment in U.S. District Court for two counts of production of child pornography. Andriot was also sentenced to lifetime supervised release.

September 17, 2014

CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED FOR OWNING FIREARM
Santonio Watkins, 28, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 72 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

September 17, 2014

LOCAL PROPERTY INVESTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS ON REAL ESTATE CLOSING DOCUMENTS
Cynthia S. Mild, 41, of Lewis Center, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of making false statements relative to down payment information entered on a Department of Housing and Urban Development Form HUD-1.  Mild faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

September 16, 2014

HAMILTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK ROBBERY, OWNING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Shane E. Bowlin, 39, of Hamilton, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court yesterday to bank robbery, attempted bank robbery and possession of child pornography.

September 12, 2014

DAYTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SHOOTING AT VA MEDICAL CENTER
Neil Richard Moore, 59, of Trotwood, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Moore admitted to shooting an individual at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton on May 5, 2014.

September 12, 2014

48th CONVICTION CAPS NEARLY 5-YEAR CENTRAL OHIO HEROIN PROBE
Federal, state and local authorities announced the 48th conviction Friday in "Operation Buckeye Storm," a nearly 5-year multi-agency investigation responsible for dismantling a Central Ohio-based heroin trafficking organization. This final conviction caps an investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, and the Columbus Division of Police.

September 11, 2014

FATHER AND SON PLEAD GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING
Keith A. Arrick Sr., 47, of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. His son, Keith A. Arrick Jr., 21, of Columbus, Ohio pleaded guilty in July to sex trafficking of children.

September 11, 2014

AKRON MAN CHARGED WITH SEX TRAFFICKING OF A MINOR, PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A federal grand jury has charged Antonio L. Sibley, 38, of Akron, Ohio with the sex trafficking of a minor and production of child pornography in an indictment returned in Columbus, Ohio.

 

August 2014

August 28, 2014

GROVE CITY WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN ILLEGAL ALIEN CASE AND TO FAILING TO FILE AN INCOME TAX RETURN
Jennifer A. Quintana, 38, of Grove City, Ohio, owner and operator of Quintana Construction, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count inducing one or more illegal aliens to enter the U.S. and to one count of willfully failing to file a federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

August 28, 2014

INVESTMENT COMPANY OWNER SENTENCED TO 188 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR WIRE FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
Glen Galemmo, 49, who owned Queen City Investments and other investment companies in the Cincinnati area, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 188 months in prison for soliciting millions of dollars from his company’s investors between 2005 and July 2013 and spending the money rather than investing it.

August 25, 2014

COLUMBUS WOMAN SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING HUD PROGRAM FUNDS, FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
Wendy Harper, 44, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 24 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amounts of $588,121.46 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for embezzling HUD program funds from her employer, and $126,345.36 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for filing a false federal income tax return.

August 22, 2014

PATASKALA MAN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS FOR INTERSTATE TRNASPORTATION OF EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM CHILLICOTHE VA MEDICAL CENTER
Curtis Lee Clark III, 48, of Pataskala, Ohio was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his role in transporting stolen generators and welding equipment worth $89,236.03 from the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio which were then sold in West Virginia.

August 15, 2014

FORMER COLUMBUS POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING FROM DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SURPLUS PROGRAM
Former Columbus Police Officer Steven Edward Dean, 50, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 30 months in prison for misappropriating and selling heavy equipment and other property the Columbus Division of Police received through a Department of Defense surplus program.

August 8, 2014

INDIANA MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES
Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 44, of Moores Hill, Indiana was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio to serve 24 months in prison for illegally possessing 13 unregistered destructive devices when he was stopped by an Ohio State trooper on January 1, 2014 on Interstate 70 in Madison County, Ohio. Boguslawski was also ordered to remain under court supervision for three years following his time in prison.

August 8, 2014

OWNER OF HOME IMPROVEMENT COMPANY SENTENCED FOR FRAUD
Terrance J. King, 47, of Columbus was sentenced to 48 months in prison for defrauding homeowners, businesses, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in connection with a home improvement repair company he operated. King was also ordered to serve three years under court supervision after his prison time, pay $241,076.34 in restitution to the IRS and pay $7,050 in restitution to CMHA.

August 8, 2014

OWNERS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY MEDICAL CLINICS PLEAD GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT HEALTH CARE FRAUD
Four people involved in the operation of Advanced Family Medical Center and Watkins-Tsai Imaging in Coal Grove, Ohio have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, admitting that they improperly charged government insurance programs for medically unnecessary procedures.

August 7, 2014

COLUMBUS HOME HEALTH OPERATOR SENTENCED FOR FRAUD
The owner of Columbus-based Janis Home Health Care, Eric Isakov, 45, was sentenced to 42 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $900,000 for defrauding the Medicare and Medicaid programs by paying kickbacks in the form of gift cards and videogame systems to people who would sign up with his company, and paying senior living centers for referrals.

July 2014

July 29, 2014

LEADER OF HEROIN TRAFFICKING RING SENTENCED TO 34 YEARS IN PRISON
Cornell Clisby, 46, of Cincinnati, who led a heroin trafficking conspiracy in the greater Cincinnati area, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on July 27 to 408 months’ imprisonment. Five other members of the conspiracy, including Cornel Clisby’s ex-wife, have also been sentenced.

July 29, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN WHO USED PHONE TO CREATE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY WILL SERVE 20 YEARS IN PRISON
Stephen Edward Peelman, 32, Cincinnati, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison for producing sexually explicit photographs of an 11-year old child.

July 28, 2014

IRAQ EXTRADITES FUGITIVE DEFENSE CONTRACTOR TO U.S. TO FACE FRAUD CHARGES
A Las Vegas-based former Department of Defense contractor has been extradited from Iraq to the United States to face fraud and conspiracy charges for attempting to bribe U.S. officials in order to secure government contracts for his companies.  Metin Atilan, 54, is the first person extradited from Iraq to the United States pursuant to the U.S.-Iraq extradition treaty of 1936.

July 25, 2014

FORMER POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO SERVE 121 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Stewart Alan Miller, 48, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 121 months imprisonment for obtaining and receiving thousands of images and videos of child pornography via the internet and peer-to-peer file-sharing programs from approximately June 2003 through July 2013.

July 24, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN INDICTED FOR USING DEAD CHILDREN’S IDENTITIES TO FILE FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
A federal grand jury here has indicted Christopher K. Smith, 28, of Cincinnati, alleging that he used the names and identifying information of dead children to file false income tax returns and claim tax refunds.

July 23, 2014

LEADER OF INTERNATIONAL METH TRAFFICKING RING SENTENCED
Heriberto Albarran Caro, aka “Colorin”, 36, born in Chihuahua, Mexico, but residing illegally in Texas and Colorado, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 210 months’ imprisonment for leading an international drug trafficking conspiracy that brought approximately six kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from the southwestern U.S. to the Cincinnati area between July and September 2013.

July 15, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 32 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VICTIMIZING A CHILD HE BABYSAT
Caleb Zachary Storey, 31, Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 384 months in prison for producing sexually explicit photographs of a child he was babysitting in the family’s home, and trading child pornography through an email account.

July 11, 2014

PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGIST SENTENCED TO PRISON AND FINED FOR ACCESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Christopher Edward Pelloski, MD, 40, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, was sentenced to serve 12 months and one day in prison followed by five years of supervised release for accessing peer-to-peer file sharing networks to view digital images of child pornography involving pubescent and pre-pubescent children. He was also fined $10,000.

July 1, 2014

RACKETEERING INDICTMENT CHARGES 17 TIED TO UNSOLVED HOMICIDES, DRUG TRAFFICKING, GUN CRIMES
A federal grand jury has indicted 17 people in connection with a series of violent crimes including 12 unsolved murders as well as other attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion and robbery. The defendants are accused of being an organized criminal enterprise known as the Short North Posse. Eleven defendants could face the death penalty if convicted of the crimes in the indictment.

June 2014

June 24, 2014

FOUR FACE PUBLIC CORRUPTION CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH OPERATION OF DAYTON CHARTER SCHOOL
A federal grand jury has indicted four people, alleging that they offered and accepted bribes and kickbacks as part of a public corruption conspiracy in their roles as managers and a consultant for Arise! Academy, a charter school in Dayton, Ohio.

June 19, 2014

AIR CONDITIONER THIEF PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING CLEAN AIR ACT
Martin C. Eldridge III, 35, Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating the Clean Air Act when he cut the tubing on air conditioning units he was stealing and released a regulated refrigerant into the environment.

June 19, 2014

MARIJUANA TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON
Carlton E. Jones, 41, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 120 months in prison for conspiring to distribute more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in central Ohio between 2010 and 2012 and laundering the proceeds through his used car business, Unlimited Auto Group.

June 19, 2014

HOME HEALTHCARE BUSINESS OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO EMPLOYMENT TAX CHARGE
Peggy Dossman, 42, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, pleaded guilty to one count of willfully failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Dossman faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

June 5, 2014

INMATE CHARGED WITH FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS FOR FELLOW PRISONERS
A federal grand jury here has indicted James Jeremy Savage, 40, originally from Springfield, Ohio, charging him with 29 counts of filing false claims for income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Savage was incarcerated in Ohio state correctional facilities in Warren and Madison counties when he allegedly committed the crimes.

June 4, 2014

FOOD STAMP FRAUD CHARGES ANNOUNCED AGAINST CINCINNATI MARKET OWNER
A federal grand jury has indicted Moustaphe Toure, 54, of Cincinnati, charging him with illegally exchanging “food stamp” cards for cash and other ineligible items including a firearm.  

June 4, 2014

FORMER VETERANS AFFAIRS DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY PRESCRIBING OXYCODONE
Julia Immaculata Lucente, 55 of Dayton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to illegally prescribing oxycodone while she was a physician at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Dayton. 

May 2014

May 29, 2014

COLUMBUS DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO TRAFFICKING OXYCODONE
Terry Dragash, DO, 59, of Pataskala, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to distribute oxycodone. 

May 29, 2014

20-YEAR SENTENCE FOR MAN WHO DEALT HEROIN THAT RESULTED IN OVERDOSE DEATH
Anthony D. Scott, 28, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 240 months in prison for distributing the heroin that led to the overdose death of a Columbus man in August 2013.

May 21, 2014

PAIN CLINIC OWNER SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN PRISON AND ORDERED TO FORFEIT $6.3 MILLION IN PROFITS
The owner of three southern Ohio pain clinics, Tracy Bias, 49, of West Portsmouth, Ohio, was sentenced to spend 168 months in prison, serve another ten years under court supervision, and ordered to forfeit $6,348,000, an amount representing the proceeds of the pain clinics he operated for two years in Portsmouth, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio. Six doctors involved with the clinic have either been sentenced or are awaiting sentencing.

May 21, 2014

FATHER AND SON ARRESTED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING
A federal grand jury has indicted Keith A. Arrick Sr., 46, of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky and his son, Keith A. Arrick Jr., 21, of Columbus, Ohio charging them with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

May 20, 2014

FIVE IN MEIGS COUNTY INDICTED FOR CROP INSURANCE FRAUD
A federal grand jury has indicted five people living in Meigs County, Ohio on charges of conspiracy, theft of public money, and money laundering for allegedly defrauding the federal Non-Insured Crop Assistance Program (NAP).

May 20, 2014

MAKERS OF OXYWATER INDICTED FOR WIRE FRAUD, TAX CRIMES
A federal grand jury has indicted Preston J. Harrison, 42, of Lewis Center, Ohio and his business partner, Thomas E. Jackson, 39, of Powell, Ohio alleging that they defrauded their company’s investors and diverted investors’ funds for their own personal use. Preston Harrison and his wife, Lovena E. Harrison, 41, are also charged with conspiracy and filing a false income tax return.

May 16, 2014

SUPPLIER OF COLUMBUS POT TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON
Jose Eduardo Islas, 41, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for supplying thousands of pounds of marijuana for distribution in the Columbus area.

May 13, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 240 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
James O. Napier, 40, of Cincinnati was sentenced to serve 240 years (2,880 months) in prison for producing child pornography involving an 11-month old infant and an approximately nine-year old child.

May 13, 2014

ATHENS MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING AND SELLING MEDICAL TEACHING ITEMS FROM UNIVERSITY
Weston Henri Moquin, 29, of Athens, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 15 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for stealing and selling human bones and plastinated human remains from the university anatomy lab where he worked.

May 9, 2014

COLUMBUS CLOTHING STORE OPERATOR INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SELLING COUNTERFEIT MERCHANDISE
A federal grand jury has indicted Rami Hisham Mohammad, 33, of Hilliard, Ohio, charging him with trafficking in counterfeit goods or services for conspiring to obtain and sell allegedly counterfeit apparel, jewelry and DVDs from his business, Rock Star Fashions.

May 8, 2014

BANK EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING FROM SENIOR CITIZENS’ ACCOUNTS
Diane Elizabeth Niehaus, 40, of Sugarcreek Township, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for embezzling from the accounts of elderly customers of the bank where she worked as a manager. She was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims of her embezzlement and to the IRS.

May 6, 2014

TROTWOOD MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING AT VA MEDICAL CENTER
A two-count criminal complaint charging Neil Richard Moore, 59, of Trotwood, Ohio with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime of violence has been filed in U.S. District Court in Dayton. The complaint alleges that Moore shot an individual at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton on May 5, 2014.

April 2014

April 25, 2014

FORMER COLUMBUS POLICE DETECTIVE SENTENCED TO 57 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DRUG CRIME
Former Columbus Police Detective Stevie Billups, 48, of Columbus was sentenced to serve 57 months in prison for crimes he committed through his involvement with a local drug dealer.

April 24, 2014

PAIR SENTENCED FOR THEIR ROLES IN $4.4 MILLION FALSE INCOME TAX REFUND FRAUD SCHEME
Mercedes Emelinda-Silie, 41, of Grove City, Ohio was sentenced to 36 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $4,415,492.58 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for her role as the second person involved in a conspiracy to defraud the IRS by filing false claims for federal income tax refunds.

April 24, 2014

FORMER SHERIFF’S DEPUTY INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF A MACHINE GUN
A federal grand jury has indicted Eric A. Spicer, 44, of Beavercreek, Ohio, charging him with using fraudulent and forged documents to obtain a machine gun illegally. Spicer formerly held the rank of major with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

April 17, 2014

LIMA MAN SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS IN PRISON FOR COERCION OF MINORS
Addison R. Richardson, 24, of Lima, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 264 months in prison for enticing minors to engage in illegal sexual activity.

April 14, 2014

DAYTON MAN INDICTED ON MORE THAN THREE DOZEN ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR BUYING STOLEN IDENTITIES ONLINE AND FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
A federal grand jury has returned a 42-count superseding indictment against Lance Ealy, 28, of Dayton, alleging that he bought hundreds of stolen identities online and used the identities to file more than 150 fraudulent federal income tax returns seeking refunds to which he was not entitled. 

April 3, 2014

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED FOR USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO DEFRAUD FEDERALLY FUNDED TUTORING PROGRAM
Ashkir Ali, 46, of Columbus was sentenced to 18 months for billing two area school districts more than $100,000 for tutoring sessions that were never provided.

April 1, 2014

INDIANA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES
Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 44, of Moores Hill, Indiana pled guilty in U.S. District Court to illegally possessing 13 unregistered destructive devices when he was stopped by an Ohio State trooper on January 1, 2014 on Interstate 70 in Madison County, Ohio.

March 2014

March 28, 2014

MARIETTA INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES, INC. ORDERED TO PAY $55,000 FOR VIOLATING CLEAN AIR ACT
Marietta Industrial Enterprises, Inc. (MIE) has been ordered to pay a $37,500 fine and make a $12,500 community service payment to the Warren Township Fire Department for failing to report violations of the company’s permit in connection with its mineral processing operation.

March 26, 2014

WEST CHESTER MAN SENTENCED FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Christopher A. McGlown Jr., 27, of West Chester, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison for distributing child pornography through a peer to peer file sharing program.

March 24, 2014

LEADER OF MULTISTATE DRUG TRAFFICKING RING SENTENCED
Reginald S. “Reggie” Myers, 55, Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 232 months imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release for leading a multistate drug trafficking conspiracy that brought between 120 and 180 kilograms of powder cocaine into the greater Cincinnati area between 2005 and 2007.

March 12, 2014

TROTWOOD MAN SENTENCED FOR GUN, DRUG CRIMES
Lamont Scott, 40, of Trotwood, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to eight years in prison after police found Scott, a convicted felon, in possession of eight firearms and drugs in two Dayton-area homes.

March 11, 2014

U.K. RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN PRISON FOR TRAVELLING TO OHIO TO HAVE SEX WITH A JUVENILE
Richard Castle, 47, a resident of the United Kingdom, has been sentenced to serve 192 months in prison in connection with a trip he made to Ohio from his home in the United Kingdom in order to have sexual relations with a juvenile in June 2011.

March 11, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORN VICTIMIZING A CHILD HE BABYSAT
Caleb Zachary Storey, 30, Cincinnati, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to producing sexually explicit photographs of a child he was babysitting in the family’s home, and trading child pornography through an email account. Under terms of the plea agreement, he will spend 32 years in prison and will be under court supervision for the rest of his life.

March 11, 2014

DAYTON SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL RE-ENTRY INTO U.S.
Fausto Osuna-Cruz Jr., 27, was sentenced to a total of 88 months in prison for illegal reentry into the United States following deportation, and for violating supervised release for a prior conviction of illegal reentry.  Cruz is also a convicted sex offender.

March 7, 2014

TWO SENTENCED FOR USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO CLAIM MILLIONS IN FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX REFUNDS
Tawanda Marimbire, 25, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 70 months in prison for his role in a scheme to use stolen identities to obtain at least $5 million in fraudulent tax refunds. Co-conspirator Kudzaishe Robert Bungu, 28, was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

March 6, 2014

FORMER HILLIARD RESIDENT SENTENCED 5-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR RUNNING A $1.5 MILLION INVESTMENT FRAUD
Jeffrey G. Kelly, 45, formerly of Hilliard, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 months imprisonment for defrauding investors out of $1.5 million through a scheme he conducted between 2006 and 2011.

March 5, 2014

COLUMBUS MAN INDICTED FOR SEVEN BANK ROBBERIES IN CENTRAL AND SOUTHWESTERN OHIO
A federal grand jury has indicted Michael Hay, 30, of Columbus alleging that he robbed seven banks in central and southwestern Ohio between December 28, 2013 and February 4, 2014.

March 4, 2014

MADEIRA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Timothy Lawrence Andriot, 39, of Madeira, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of production of child pornography. Under terms of the plea agreement, Andriot will spend 25 years in prison.

March 3, 2014

INDIANA MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES
A criminal complaint charging Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, of Moores Hill, Indiana with possession of unregistered destructive devices has been filed in U.S. District Court in Columbus. The complaint alleges that Boguslawski illegally possessed 13 destructive devices when he was stopped by an Ohio State trooper on January 1, 2014 on Interstate 70 in Madison County, Ohio.

February 2014

February 19, 2014

FORMER DUBLIN RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING, TAX CRIMES FOR $10 MILLION REAL ESTATE SCAM
Haider Zafar, 36, formerly of Dublin, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to multiple wire fraud, money laundering and federal income tax charges relating to his $10 million fraud scheme involving false representations about investments in Pakistani real estate.

February 27, 2014

COLUMBUS MAN WHO BURGLARIZED HEBRON GUN STORE SENTENCED TO 151 MONTHS IN PRISON
Charles H. Morrison III, 26, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 151 months in prison for burglarizing a gun store in Hebron and stealing 18 guns on March 20, 2013.

February 19, 2014

TASK FORCE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDES ANNOUNCES TIPLINE
Federal and local law enforcment agencies have established a tip line and are encouraging people to call with information on 15 homicides that have occurred in central Ohio between 1998 and 2013. The tip line number is 614 849-1766.

February 14, 2014

BROTHERS SENTENCED FOR SELLING FIREARMS TO FELON
Shannon Bradley, 36, of Leesburg, Ohio, was sentenced to 41 months in prison and his brother, Christopher Bradley, 39, of Blanchester, Ohio was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for selling firearms to a convicted felon.

February 13, 2014

TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO PLACING SKIMMER ON SPRINGDALE ATM
Dimitar Angelov, 29, and Dimitar Kolev, 26, both of Chicago, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to placing a device known as a “skimmer” and a hidden camera on an ATM at a Springdale bank in an effort to steal account information of customers using the ATM.

February 12, 2014

PRIEST SENTENCED TO 90 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF A MINOR
Robert Frank Poandl, 72, of Fairfield, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 90 months in prison for violation of the Mann Act, a federal law prohibiting interstate transportation of a minor for illicit purposes.

February 12, 2014

FORMER COLUMBUS POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING FROM DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SURPLUS PROGRAM
Former Columbus Police Officer Steven Edward Dean, 49, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to misappropriating and selling heavy equipment and other property the Columbus Division of Police received through a Department of Defense surplus program.

February 6, 2014

COLUMBUS WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING HUD PROGRAM FUNDS, FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS
Wendy Harper, 44, Columbus, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to embezzling HUD program funds from her employer, Harvest Management Group, Inc, which manages more than 900 units for elderly and disabled people who qualify for HUD assistance. She also pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return.

January 2014

January 30, 2014

FEDERAL EMPLOYEE SENTENCED FOR SELLING BOOTLEG DVD'S DURING WORK HOURS
Darrell Lee Lynch, 65, of Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District court to one misdemeanor count of copyright infringement, admitting that he sold pirated DVD movies during work hours at the Defense Logistics Agency in Columbus where he was employed.

January 30, 2014

NEW YORK MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES HE CONSPIRED WITH OTHERS INVOLVING SALES OF ILLEGALLY DIVERTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Federal agents arrested Albert Nassar, 58, of New York City on January 28 based on a federal indictment from Cincinnati charging him with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with the illegal sale of prescription drugs bearing false pedigrees that misrepresented the sources and origins of the drugs.

January 30, 2014

FIVE CENTRAL OHIO MEN CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING COCAINE
A cooperative investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio has led to the indictment of five people on federal drug trafficking charges. 

January 29, 2014

FINANCIAL PLANNER SENTENCED FOR BILKING MONEY FROM HIS CLIENTS
Joshua E. Knisley, 35, of Wilmington, Ohio was sentenced to 15 months in prison and five years of supervised release for bilking the funds he was entrusted to manage and oversee for his clients. 

January 29, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
John Hamilton, 46, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 27 years in prison for recording a video of sexual activity between him and a minor girl between 12 and 16 years old. Hamilton was also ordered to be under court supervision for the rest of his life.

January 29, 2014

CEO OF FREE TRUTH ENTERPRISES SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TAX FRAUD AND MORTGAGE LOAN FRAUD
Regina Shields, 41, of Cincinnati, Ohio was sentenced in US. District Court to 12 months and one day in prison, and ordered to pay $202,806 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and the lender she defrauded in a mortgage fraud scam.

January 29, 2014

WESTERVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Jason C. Grossman, 31, of Westerville, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to five years in prison for viewing and downloading child pornography over the internet.

January 22, 2014

CINCINNATI MAN INDICTED FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORN INVOLVING A CHILD HE BABYSAT
A federal grand jury has charged Caleb Zachary Storey, 30, Cincinnati, with one count each of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, alleging that he took sexually explicit photographs of a child he regularly babysat.

January 22, 2014

SECOND MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD INVOLVING REAL ESTATE LOAN
Dwayne H. Means, 46, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud in connection with a loan to buy a lot in the Villages of Sugar Ridge subdivision in Lawrenceburg, Indiana in 2007.

January 21, 2014

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING OF JUVENILE
Valerio V. Alexander, 45, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of sex trafficking involving a juvenile.

January 17, 2014

FORMER COLUMBUS URBAN LEAGUE OFFICIAL SENTENCED TO 42 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT
Ovell K. Harrison, 55, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 42 months in prison and ordered to pay $85,181.25 in restitution for fraud and identity theft he committed while Director of Education Services at the Columbus Urban League between 2004 and 2010.

January 17, 2014

HOME HEALTH SERVICES COMPANY EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO $300,000 MEDICAID FRAUD
Robin Pavey, 45, of Washington Court House, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to submitting $312,868 in fraudulent claims for home health care services for children to the Ohio Medicaid Program.

January 17, 2014

PATASKALA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRANSPORTING EQUPIMENT STOLEN FROM VA MEDICAL CENTER IN CHILLICOTHE
Curtis Clark III, 48, of Pataskala, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here today to transporting stolen generators and welding equipment worth $89,236.03 from the VA Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio and selling them to individuals in West Virginia.   

January 16, 2014

JURY CONVICTS CINCINNATI MAN OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A U.S. District Court jury today convicted James O. Napier, 39, of Cincinnati of producing child pornography involving an 11-month old infant and an approximately nine-year old child and placing the videos and images on the internet.

January 16, 2014

FORMER DEPUTY SHERIFF SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD EXPLOITATION
Dustin Hensley, 30, of Springfield, Ohio was sentenced to 300 months in prison for producing, distributing and possessing child pornography. Hensley was a deputy sheriff in Clark County, Ohio until he was arrested on the child exploitation charges.   

January 15, 2014

INVESTMENT COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
Glen Galemmo, 48, of Cincinnati, who owned Queen City Investments and other investment companies in the Cincinnati area, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and money laundering, admitting that he defrauded investors by soliciting millions of dollars from them between 2005 and July 2013 and spent the money rather than investing it.  

January 13, 2014

DAYTON ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 29 YEARS IN PRISON
Mickey Allen Fugate, Jr, 40, of Dayton, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 25 years in prison for an armed robbery he committed in 2009 and an additional 50 months in prison for committing the robbery while on supervised release for earlier federal crimes.

January 7, 2014

ATHENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING MEDICAL TEACHING ITEMS FROM UNIVERSITY
Weston Henri Moquin, 28, of Athens, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property and one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds in connection with the theft and sale of human bones and plastinated human remains from Ohio University.

January 7, 2014

TWELVE-YEAR SENTENCE FOR FRANKLIN MAN WHO PURCHASED SADISTIC IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Paul G. Fox, 48, of Franklin, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 144 months in prison for possession of more than 600 images of child pornography, depicting children under 12 years old in sadistic and masochistic conduct.

January 7, 2014

ROOFING COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO SMUGGLE ILLEGAL ALIENS AND INSURANCE FRAUD
Gregory J. Oldiges, 55, the owner of Williams Brothers Roofing and Siding in Dayton, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to bring illegal aliens to work for his roofing company, and to conspiring to commit wire fraud by sending fraudulent invoices to insurance companies for work by his company.

January 6, 2014

OWNER OF QUEEN CITY SCRIPT CARE PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD INVOLVING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM
Thomas Fenske, 35, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to wire fraud for operating a scheme promising to help people obtain free prescription drugs through his company, Queen City Script Care.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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