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April 2015

April 17, 2015

CHILLICOTHE MAN SENTENCED ON BANK EMBEZZLEMENT AND IRS CHARGES
Joseph P. Molnar, 51, of Chillicothe, Ohio, was sentenced to 72 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay $4,076,189.44 in restitution to Huntington National Bank and $987,011.66 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for embezzling approximately $4,076,189.44 from Huntington National Bank and willfully filing a false federal income tax return with the IRS.  Molnar previously pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges on October 24, 2014.

April 16, 2015

COLUMBUS MAN CHARGED FOR 6 CENTRAL OHIO ARMED ROBBERIES
A federal grand jury has charged Thomas E. Shaffer, 62, of Columbus, Ohio, with six armed robberies in an indictment returned in Columbus.

April 16, 2015

FIVE INDICTED IN LARGE SCALE HEROIN AND COCAINE DISTRIBUTION AND MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY ($1.25 MILLION, COCAINE, HEROIN, FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION SEIZED)
A federal grand jury has charged Christopher Whitfield, 41, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Tonia Whitfield, 39, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Steven Griffin, 39, of, Cincinnati, Ohio, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute one hundred grams or more of heroin, and five hundred grams or more of cocaine.  Also, Christopher Whitfield, Tonia Whitfield, Dy Shay Anderson, 22, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Icierra Martin-Bronson, 37, of Cincinnati, Ohio were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.

April 16, 2015

COLUMBUS MAN CHARGED WITH PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS
A federal grand jury has charged Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, with one count of attempting to provide and providing material support to terrorists, one count of attempting to provide and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and one count of making false statements to the FBI involving international terrorism in an indictment returned in Columbus, Ohio.

April 15, 2015

CINCINNATI MAN CHARGED WITH PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, COERCION AND ENTICEMENT
A federal grand jury has charged Martell A. Lowry, 25, of Cincinnati, with seven counts of production of child pornography involving seven different minors and coercion and enticement in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.

April 15, 2015

MILFORD REALTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO RUNNING $15 MILLION PONZI SCHEME
Brenda Ashcraft, 45, of Milford, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to defrauding investors of at least $15 million between 2009 and 2013 in a fraudulent investment scheme to purchase and sell real estate through real estate investment trusts known as REITs.

April 9, 2015

FORMER OHIO STATE TROOPER SENTENCED TO 60 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR COERCING FEMALE MOTORISTS TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTS FOR LENIENT TREATMENT
A former trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol was sentenced today in Columbus, Ohio, to 60 months in federal prison for coercing four female victims to engage in sexual acts in exchange for lenient treatment in connection with potential criminal cases and traffic tickets.

April 8, 2015

TREASURE HUNTER, GIRLFRIEND PLEAD GUILTY TO CRIMINAL CONTEMPT
Thomas “Tommy” G. Thompson, 62, and Alison L. Antekeier, 47, both formerly of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to criminal contempt, specifically disobedience or resistance of the court, stemming from a civil lawsuit.

April 7, 2015

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FACILITATING PROSTITUTION, GUN CHARGE
Carl R. Smith, Jr., 30, of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to transportation in interstate commerce for purposes of prostitution and possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon.

April 7, 2015

THIRD PERSON SENTENCED IN A FALSE INCOME TAX REFUND SCHEME
Suheidy A. Warner, 31, of Columbus, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Warner was also ordered to pay more than $251,000 in restitution to the IRS. Approximately $63,000 of the restitution will be paid jointly with the co-conspirators in this case.

April 2, 2015

DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON IN ROOFING INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME
Jim Honious, 45, of Dayton was sentenced here today to 12 months in prison for his role in submitting fraudulent insurance claims for roofing repairs. Honious was a salesman for the now-defunct Williams Brothers Roofing and Siding company.

April 2, 2015

4 SHORT NORTH POSSE MEMBERS CHARGED WITH MURDER
A federal grand jury has charged Robert D. Ledbetter, 35; Christopher A. Harris, 27; Rashad A. Liston, 25, and Deounte Ussury, 30, all formerly of Columbus, Ohio, with murder and violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity in an indictment returned in Columbus, Ohio.

April 2, 2015

HILLIARD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Jeremiah R. Malfroid, 33, of Hilliard, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to production of child pornography.

April 2, 2015

DAYTON COUPLE INDICTED ON MARIJUANA, MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES
A federal grand jury has charged Dennis S. Hunter, 51, and Sivan D. Hunter, 45, both of Dayton, with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and money laundering in an indictment returned in Dayton.

April 2, 2015

LOCAL MAN INDICTED IN LOAN FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING SCHEME
A federal grand jury has charged Jason L. Gunsorek, 39, of Blacklick, Ohio, with making false statements to a federally insured financial institution in connection with loans to limited liability companies he created and controlled.

 

March 2015

March 27, 2015

FORMER PLAN TRUSTEE INDICTED FOR $1.1 MILLION EMBEZZLEMENT FROM A BANKRUPTCY ESTATE AND TAX EVASION
A federal grand jury has charged Timothy Hock, 50, currently of Chicago, Illinois, with embezzlement from a bankruptcy state and tax evasion in an indictment returned in Dayton.

March 26, 2015

FORMER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO WIRE FRAUD, ASSAULT OF FEDERAL OFFICER
Metin Atilan, 55, formerly of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, assault of a federal officer and failure to appear on pretrial release. Atilan, a former Department of Defense contractor, was extradited from Iraq to the United States in July. He was the first person extradited from Iraq to the United States pursuant to the U.S.-Iraq extradition treaty of 1936.

March 25, 2015

JURY CONVICTS MAKERS OF OXYWATER FOR WIRE FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING, TAX CRIMES
A federal jury convicted Preston J. Harrison, 43, of Lewis Center, Ohio, and his business partner, Thomas E. Jackson, 40, of Powell, Ohio, of defrauding their company’s investors and diverting investors’ funds for their own personal use.  Preston Harrison and his wife, Lovena E. Harrison, 42, were also both convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing a false income tax return, and Lovena Harrison was convicted of structuring financial transactions to evade currency reporting requirements.

March 24, 2015

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED FOR ASSAULTING U.S. POSTAL WORKER
Gregory D. Braxton, 29, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 53 months in prison and five years of supervised release for robbing and assaulting a female U.S. Postal Service worker.

March 13, 2015

COLUMBUS BUSSINESSMAN CHARGED FOR FINANCIAL FRAUD SCHEME
A federal grand jury has charged David H. DeMathews, 62, of Columbus, with wire fraud, money laundering, engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from unlawful activity, mail fraud and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon in a 39-count indictment unsealed today.

March 12, 2015

COLUMBUS GROVE BANK VP CHARGED WITH MAKING FALSE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Barry J. Von Der Embse, 53 of Kalida, Ohio, alleging three separate counts of making false financial statements in an indictment returned in Dayton. Von Der Embse is charged with making three separate false statements to the Union Bank Company of Columbus Grove, Ohio in the form of personal financial statements in 2004, 2006 and 2007 while employed as a commercial loan officer with the bank.

March 12, 2015

3 LICKING COUNTY BROTHERS PLEAD GUILTY TO FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING
Philip C. Clark, Jr., 66, David Clark, 59, and Christopher Clark, 61, all of  Newark, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to bank fraud and money laundering. The three serve as president, treasurer and vice president of Clark Motor Company in Heath, Ohio.

March 5, 2015

INMATE SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS FOR FELLOW PRISONERS
James Jeremy Savage, 41, originally from Springfield, Ohio, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the amount of $148,307.04 for filing false claims for income tax refunds with IRS. Savage was incarcerated in Ohio state correctional facilities in Warren and Madison counties when he committed this crime.  Savage previously pleaded guilty one count of a multi-count indictment charging Savage with this scheme.

February 2015

February 27, 2015

FLORIDA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGAL DEER TRAFFICKING
Donald W. Wainwright Sr., 49, of Live Oak, Florida, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to 12 charges related to violating the Lacey Act, one count of conspiracy and one count of wire fraud.

February 26, 2015

SOUTH CAROLINA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAIL FRAUD
Christopher Outlaw, 46, of Moore, S.C., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to mail fraud.

February 25, 2015

HOME HEALTH CARE COMPANY OWNER INDICTED FOR TAX & HEALTH CARE FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING
A federal grand jury has charged JoAnna Ochieng, 66, of Columbus, Ohio, with tax fraud, health care fraud and money laundering in an indictment returned in Columbus.

February 18, 2015

MEDICAL OFFICE MANAGER SENTENCED FOR WIRE FRAUD
Terry Stuerman, 48, of Beavercreek, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 27 months in prison for embezzling nearly $300,000 from her employer, Perinatal Partners, LLC, now part of Premier Health.

February 17, 2015

JURY CONVICTS CLEVELAND MAN OF RUNNING 'PILL MILLS'
A United States District Court jury convicted Christopher Stegawski, 65, of Cleveland, of conspiracy to distribute and dispense prescription drugs, namely oxycodone.

February 13, 2015

WESTERVILLE YOUTH COACH PLEADS GUILTY TO CREATING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Bryan W. Lehman, 50, of Westerville, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to creating child pornography.

February 12, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLICIT SEXUAL CONDUCT CHARGES, RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Jason C. Kozlowski, 32, of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to traveling interstate with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and receiving child pornography.

February 11, 2015

CALIFORNIA MAN SENTENCED FOR TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA, LAUNDERING MONEY
Samuel A. Flek, 25, of Orangevale, Calif. was sentenced to 36 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and was ordered to forfeit $339,045 in currency on one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.  Flek pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges on November 5, 2014.

February 5, 2015

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING FIREARM AS A FELON
Kenneth Johnson, 32, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 84 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.

February 5, 2015

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED FOR DEALING FIREARMS WITHOUT A LICENSE
Vernon Warner II, 29, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 54 months in prison for dealing in firearms without a license.

February 2, 2015

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 6 ARMED ROBBERIES IN 4 STATES
William J. McBride, Jr., 49, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to armed bank robberies in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana.

 

January 2015

January 30, 2015

BLANCHESTER MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING PORNOGRAPHY OF CHILDREN
Stewart M. Kidwell, 37, of Blanchester, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 30 years in prison for production of child pornography.

January 30, 2015

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR SEX TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN
Valerio Alexander, 46, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for human trafficking.

January 26, 2015

WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING ST ALBERT THE GREAT’S PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION OF MORE THAN $67,000
Jennifer Boggan, 41, of Centerville, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to one year in prison for wire fraud, placed on three years of supervised release and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $50,464.02.

January 23, 2015

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH SEX TRAFFICKING
A federal grand jury has charged Anthony Lee Brown, 48, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Christopher Combs, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio, with sex trafficking in an indictment returned in Cincinnati.

January 22, 2015

RETIRED AIR FORCE SERGEANT SENTENCED FOR CHILD EXPLOITATION
Ronald L. Bennett, 45, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 70 months in prison for engaging in illicit sexual conduct in 2005 and 2006 with at least two boys while he was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

January 15, 2015

FORMER DUBLIN RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR $10.1 MILLION REAL ESTATE SCAM, FALSELY OBTAINING $3.5 MILLION FROM VICTIMS ASSOCIATED WITH MIAMI HEAT
Haider Zafar, 36, formerly of Dublin, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 72 months in prison, three years of supervised released, and was ordered to pay $15,723,034 in restitution, of which $2,083,565 is payable to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) upon his convictions for committing a $10.1 million fraud scheme involving false representations about investments in Pakistani real estate, and for fraudulently obtaining $3,524,469 from seven victims associated with the Miami Heat professional basketball franchise.

January 15, 2015

LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES CHARGED WITH USE OF UNREASONABLE FORCE
A federal grand jury in Cincinnati has charged Jeremy S. Hanshaw, 36, of Coal Grove, Ronald S. Hatfield, 25, of Waterloo, and Jason D. Mays, 22, of South Point, with conspiring to deprive, and depriving, an arrestee of civil rights while acting under the color of law as deputies of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

January 12, 2015

HAMILTON MAN SENTENCED TO 195 MONTHS FOR BANK ROBBERY, OWNING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Shane E. Bowlin, 39, of Hamilton, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 195 months in prison for bank robbery, attempted bank robbery and possession of child pornography.

January 8, 2015

FINANCIAL ADVISOR CHARGED WITH STRUCTURING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS, MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD
A federal grand jury has charged Jason W. Cox, 39, of Dublin, with structuring cash withdrawal transactions, and with mail and wire fraud in an indictment returned in Columbus.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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