News and Press Releases

News and Press Releases

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December 2010


12-29-10--Columbus –Dr. Charles C. Njoku, 60, of Powell, was sentenced in United States District Court to one year and one day in prison for billing government health care insurance programs for services that were not provided as billed.
Njoku Press Release (.Pdf)

12-29-10--Columbus – Qiang “Michael” Bi, 36, of Powell was sentenced in United States District Court here to 30 months incarceration for selling more than 35,000 illegally copied computer games over the Internet between 2005 and 2009.
Bi Press Release (.Pdf)

12-22-10--Columbus  – A federal grand jury has indicted the owner and two employees of two pain management clinics in Columbus, alleging that they were operating as “pill mills” by distributing prescriptions for pain medicine without a legitimate medical need for the prescriptions and fraudulently billing government insurance programs for the drugs.
"Pill Mill" Press Release (.Pdf)

12-22-10--Columbus –Abdullah M. Muslim, aka Johnnie P. Clagg, 38, of Columbus was sentenced in United States District Court here to a total of 144 months incarceration for illegally possessing firearms after having previously been convicted of three violent felonies, for possessing unregistered component parts to make pipe bombs, for making a false passport application, and aggravated identity theft.
Muslim Press Release (.Pdf)

12-22-10--Cincinnati – A federal grand jury here indicted nine people alleging that they conspired to traffic more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana between Arizona and Ohio, used the proceeds to buy real estate including more than 100 parcels in and around Lima, Ohio, and ran a multistate shoplifting ring targeting numerous commercial supply stores in a number of states to get items to maintain the properties.
Press Release (.Pdf)

12-17-10--Washington, DC- Maria Terechina, a national of the Russian Federation, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Columbus, Ohio, for her role in a human trafficking conspiracy involving guestworkers who worked in hotels as housekeepers and laundry workers.  
Terechina Press Release (.Pdf)

12-17-10--Dayton – Two Dayton men, Demond R. Johnigan, 18, and Jakova K. James-Sims, 19, were charged with carjacking in a federal complaint filed today.  Johnigan was also charged with assault on a federal officer for pointing a gun at an FBI agent as the agent tried to arrest them.
Johnigan-James-Sims Press Release (.Pdf)

12-16-10--Columbus  – U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio contributed to the collection of more than $133 million in civil and criminal actions in Fiscal Year 2010, ranking the office tenth nationally in a record-setting year for financial collections.
Press Release (.Pdf)

12-15-10--Cincinnati  –A federal grand jury here indicted George Lang, 45, of West Chester, alleging that he committed perjury during his testimony as a witness in the Orlando Carter bank fraud and conspiracy trial in August 2009.
LangPress Release (.Pdf)

12-14-10--Columbus  – Teams of federal, state and local law enforcement officers today began arresting people charged in multiple separate federal indictments alleging that they committed violent crimes while trafficking marijuana, cocaine and heroin, and illegally possessed or used firearms.
Press Release (.Pdf)

12-10-10--Dayton  – Joseph Tyler Cagle, 27, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 27 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender. After he serves his prison time, he will be required to remain under court supervision for 15 years during which he may not have contact with any minor child.
Cagle Press Release (.Pdf)

12-06-10--Cincinnati  – A U.S. District Court jury here today convicted Caesarea James, 58, formerly of Springboro, of one count each of wire fraud and mail fraud stemming from a mortgage fraud scheme involving the purchase of two residences worth more than $1.35 million in Springboro, Ohio and Clarkston, Michigan in 2006.
James Press Release (.Pdf)

12-06-10--Columbus  – Kevin L. Burton, 49, of Lucasville pleaded guilty in United States District Court to conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and money laundering charges connected to a marijuana growing operation he oversaw in southern Ohio that reached into central Ohio and South Carolina.  
Burton Press Release (.Pdf)

12-03-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury today charged Shane Roush, 38, and his wife Corrina Roush, 39, with growing more than 1,000 marijuana plants at their rural Fredericktown home. Shane Roush was also charged with discharging a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking crime.
Roush Press Release (.Pdf)

12-03-10--Cincinnati  –The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced two settlements against landlords for failing to inform tenants that their homes may contain potentially dangerous lead.  
Press Release (.Pdf)

12-02-10--Columbus  – A former Columbus physician specializing in neonatology, Philip T. Nowicki, 58, pleaded guilty in United States District Court today to one count of possession of child pornography after investigators found that he used a computer at the Columbus hospital where he worked to subscribe to an illegal international child porn website that gave him access to thousands of images and videos of child pornography.
Nowicki Press Release (.Pdf)

 

November 2010


11-24-10--Dayton
– Dontrell Thomas, 25, Dayton, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 57 months imprisonment for illegally possessing a firearm.
Thomas Press Release (.Pdf)

11-18-10--Dayton – A federal grand jury has indicted 11 Mexican nationals, charging each one with one count of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in connection with the seizure of more than 2,500 marijuana plants being grown in rural areas of Muskingum and Logan counties.
Mexican Press Release (.Pdf)

11-10-10--Cincinnati – A jury in U.S. District Court found Bernard J. Kurlemann, 57, of Mason guilty of conspiracy and fraud.
Kurlemann Press Release (.Pdf)

11-05-10--Dayton – Marc Norman Greenberg, 33, Centerville, was sentenced in United States District Court to 24 months in prison as punishment for possessing child pornography and transmitting obscene materials over the Internet.
Greenberg Press Release (.Pdf)

11-03-10--Columbus – Rafael Hernandez-Carrillo, 31, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to life in prison for leading a marijuana trafficking network responsible for distributing more than 22 tons of marijuana between 2005 and 2008, earning more than $10 million a year from the operation.
Carrillo Press Release (.Pdf)

11-02-10--Dayton – A federal grand jury returned a 67-count indictment charging Robert R. Sacco, the owner and chairman of the board of Dayton-based Paysource, with defrauding the Internal Revenue Service out of $26,729,098.79 by withholding money to pay federal employment taxes from employees’ paychecks and keeping the money instead of paying it to the IRS.
Sacco Press Release (.Pdf)

 

October 2010


10-29-10--Columbus
– In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses during the general election on November 2, 2010, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, Carter M. Stewart, United Stated Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, stated that an Assistant United States Attorney will be on duty in each of the District’s three offices while polls are open on November 2, 2010.
Election Press Release (.Pdf)

10-27-10--Washington, DC – Former National Century Financial Enterprises (NCFE) executive Rebecca S. Parrett, 62, has been arrested in Mexico, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart for the Southern District of Ohio and U.S. Marshal Cathy Jones for the Southern District of Ohio. 
Parrett Press Release (.Pdf)

10-19-10--Columbus – William H. Ringler, the owner and operator of Steamtown Farm, a pig-feeding operation in Ashley, Ohio (Morrow and Delaware counties), was sentenced in United States District Court today to three months imprisonment, three months of electronic monitoring, a fine of $51,750 and a restitution payment of $17,250 to Ohio EPA for allowing an unpermitted discharge that killed more than 36,700 fish and other small aquatic animals in June 2007.
Ringler Press Release (.Pdf)

10-19-10--Cincinnati – The president of the Cincinnati Roller Girls, Mercedes B. Stafford, who skates under the name “Sadistic Sadie,” was sentenced in United States District Court in Covington, Kentucky to 30 months of imprisonment.
Stafford Press Release (.Pdf)

10-14-10--Columbus – Maurice L. Williams, aka “Papa Joe”, 35, of Columbus, Ohio and Decatur, Georgia was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 30 years in prison for leading a drug trafficking network responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and marijuana throughout a multi-state region over a ten-year period.
Williams Press Release (.Pdf)

10-07-10--Columbus – Jason P. Anderson, 35, of New Martinsville, West Virginia was sentenced in United States District Court today to 168 months imprisonment followed by lifetime supervised release for travelling between Ohio and West Virginia and having sexual relations with a three and one-half-year-old girl.
Anderson Press Release (.Pdf)

10-01-10--Columbus – A federal indictment charging Abimbola Adeyemo, 46, of Columbus with 50 counts of preparing fraudulent federal income tax returns has been unsealed following his arrest at JFK Airport in New York.
Adeyemo Press Release (.Pdf)

 

September 2010


09-29-10--Columbus
– A federal grand jury here has returned a superseding indictment charging that Lisette Lee, 28, of Los Angeles, California and five other California residents made 14 trips transporting marijuana between Los Angeles and Ohio between November 2009.
Lee Press Release (.Pdf)

09-28-10--Cincinnati – James D. Powell, 53, of Hamilton, was sentenced in United States District Court today to 121 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for operating a Ponzi-style fraud scheme which defrauded more than 90 victims in three states of more than $9 million over five years and defrauded at least two mortgage companies and a private seller out of nearly $1 million.
Powell Press Release (.Pdf)

09-23-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury here has charged Harold Eugene Fletcher, 42, owner of the East Main Street Pharmacy in Columbus, in a 227-count indictment alleging that he filled prescriptions he knew were not issued in the usual course of professional practice or for a legitimate medical purpose.
Fletcher Press Release (.Pdf)

09-22-10--Columbus – Three Columbus residents have pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal credit accounts belonging to people whose identities they stole from a government website in 2006. Press Release (.Pdf)

09-21-10--Columbus – Shane R. Ostrowski, 39, of Bexley, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 33-months imprisonment for possessing more than 500 images of children under the age of 12 being sexually exploited.
Ostrowski Press Release (.Pdf)

09-16-10--Cincinnati – David Bliss, 46, of Hillsboro was sentenced in United States District Court here today to a total of 61 months imprisonment following guilty pleas to charges that he obtained credit cards using someone else’s identity and presented a phony medical lab report at a bond hearing claiming that he had cancer.
Bliss Press Release (.Pdf)

09-16-10--Columbus – A federal jury has convicted a Columbus, Ohio man on charges connected with his involvement in a food stamp and WIC program fraud case.
Press Release (.Pdf)

09-15-10--Columbus – Richard Case Jr., 34, of Westerville, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of knowingly receiving child pornography over the Internet
Case Press Release (.Pdf)

09-10-10--Columbus – Erica S. Gaib, 37, of Lancaster, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here today to her roles in a mortgage fraud scheme she, her husband and her brother-in-law used to fraudulently obtain almost $1.3 million connected with the purchase or refinancing of eight properties in central Ohio.
Gaib Press Release (.Pdf)

09-03-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury has charged Michael Spillan, 43, of Gahanna, and his wife, Melissa Spillan, 40, in a 47-count indictment alleging that they defrauded more than 50 victims out of more than $25 million in losses through a series of fraudulent stock-based loan schemes.  
Spillan Press Release (.Pdf)

09-02-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury has charged Robert Jeffrey Johnson, 44, of Columbus, in a 12-count indictment alleging that he defrauded financial institutions, bankruptcy court, and the Internal Revenue Service out of millions of dollars by filing false documents in his construction company’s bankruptcy case and spending borrowed money and money withheld from employees’ paychecks to pay taxes on his personal expenses instead.
Johnson Press Release (.Pdf)

 

August 2010


08-31-10--Columbus
– A federal grand jury has indicted six illegal aliens in a 14-count indictment alleging conspiracy, hostage taking and gun crimes, for abducting a woman and her two-year old daughter in Columbus on December 14 and 15, 2009.
Press Release (.Pdf)

08-27-10--Dayton –Milton Thomas Borders, 35, of Dayton, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 18 years imprisonment after he ordered two DVD’s of pre-teen children being forced to engage in sexually explicit conduct.
Borders Press Release (.Pdf)

08-26-10--Columbus – Ronald R. Bassak, and his construction company, Meccon, Inc. admitted in United States District Court today that he and his company paid a U.S. Postal Service contracting officer approximately $100,000 in bribes in order to secure contracts for his company.
Bassak Press Release (.Pdf)

08-25-10--Columbus – Tina T. Thomas, 42, of Pickerington, Ohio pleaded guilty to a Bill of Information charging her with two counts of willfully filing a false and fraudulent federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 
Thomas Press Release (.Pdf)

08-25-10--Columbus – John H. Szewczyk, 28, of Lexington, Ohio was sentenced in United States District Court here today to ten years imprisonment followed by 15 years of supervised release for using the internet to try and persuade a girl under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity. 
Szewczyk Press Release (.Pdf)

08-25-10--Dayton – Stanley W. Combs III, age 42, of Union, Ohio, pleaded guilty in United States District Court today to one count of conducting an illegal gambling business and one count of making false statements on an income tax return for operating the illegal business and under-reporting income he derived as the owner and operator of Fraternal Order of Orioles.
Combs Press Release (.Pdf)

08-20-10--Cincinnati –Kimberly Prebles, 42, of Monroe pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false federal income tax return arising from the defendant's scheme to defraud her employer Clark Western Building Systems, Inc. of Middletown of approximately $4,315,755.
Prebles Press Release (.Pdf)

08-18-10--ColumbusMichael Uberstine, 54, of  Brook Park, Ohio, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 150 months in prison for coercion and enticement of a minor, after attempting to elicit sex from a cyber task force officer posing as a 15 year old female.
Uberstine Press Release (.Pdf)

08-11-10--Cincinnati – Michael E. Peppel, 43, former Chief Executive Officer of MCSi, Inc., a computer sales company formerly headquartered in Dayton, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count each of conspiracy, securities fraud, and money laundering for improperly reporting company revenues as part of a scheme to inflate the company’s stock price.
Peppel Press Release (.Pdf)

08-06-10--Dayton – Dayton physician Dominic Joseph Maga, 64, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 18 months imprisonment for failing to file federal income tax returns disclosing more than $1.1 million he received in income from hospitals over a five-year period.  .
Maga Press Release (.Pdf)

08-05-10--Cincinnati – A U.S. District Court jury here today convicted Thierno M. Diallo, 38, of Cincinnati on seven counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent U.S. individual income tax returns.
Diallo Press Release (.Pdf)

08-04-10--Dayton – Marc Norman Greenberg, 33, Centerville, pleaded guilty in United States District Court to possessing child pornography and transmitting obscene materials over the Internet.
Greenberg Press Release (.Pdf)

08-03-10--Cincinnati – A federal grand jury has indicted a West Portsmouth, Ohio woman, three of her family members, and a Columbus, Ohio physician charging them with conspiracy in connection with the operation of a fraudulent pain management clinic, Ohio Medical and Pain Management, LLC, in Waverly, Ohio. One of the clinic’s employees has also been charged with conspiracy.
Press Release (.Pdf)

08-02-10--Columbus – Laura S. Lassiter, 53, of Pataskala, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 24 months imprisonment for preparing fraudulent loan documents as part of a mortgage fraud scheme that she was involved with between November 2005 and May 2007. 
Lassiter Press Release (.Pdf)

08-02-10--Columbus – Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, today announced additional resources available to law enforcement, parents, teachers and communities in the 48 counties of the district as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction that was announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today in Washington.
Press Release (.Pdf)

 

July 2010


07-29-10--Dayton
– James Marshall, 28, a former network and data administrator in the Information Technology Services Department at Wilberforce University, was ordered to pay $12,614.21 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Energy for stealing computer equipment purchased with a federal grant and selling it through his established Internet business in 2007.
Marshall Press Release (.Pdf)

07-29-10--Columbus – Nine people who pleaded guilty to charges connected with their involvement in a scheme in central Ohio to arrange marriages between foreign nationals and U.S. citizens in order to evade U.S. immigration laws were sentenced in United States District Court here today.
Press Release (.Pdf)

07-26-10--Columbus – A jury in a civil trial in U.S. District Court here upheld the dismissal of Dr. Venkanna Kanna who was fired by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Chillicothe in 2006..
Kanna Press Release (.Pdf)

07-09-10--Dayton – Wanda Fox, 67, of Huber Heights, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 36 months in prison for embezzling approximately $478,287 belonging to Antioch Shrine, a charitable organization located in Dayton, Ohio.
Fox Press Release (.Pdf)

07-09-10--Dayton – Michael Preuss, 51, of Troy, Ohio, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to five years probation, with the first six months to be spent on home confinement, for impeding the IRS from collecting more than $49,000 in unpaid withholding taxes.
Preuss Press Release (.Pdf)

07-09-10--Columbus – Linda L. Case, 66, of Grove City, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to serve six months imprisonment followed by eight months of home confinement with electronic monitoring for obstructing the U.S. Marshals Service’s search for her sister, Rebecca S. Parrett, who fled after being convicted of participating in a $1.9 billion fraud as an executive of National Century Financial Enterprises.
Case Press Release (.Pdf)

07-09-10--Columbus – Lawrence E. Waldren, age 55, of Newark was sentenced in U.S. District Court here today to 12 months and one day in prison for making false statements in order to receive more than $148,000 in federal benefits between May 2005 until September 2008.
Waldren Press Release (.Pdf)

07-09-10--Columbus – Michael S. Highman, 43, of Upper Arlington was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 136 months imprisonment  for using an Internet site to share more than 200,000 images and movies of prepubescent teenage boys engaged in sexual acts.
Highman Press Release (.Pdf)

07-09-10--Columbus – Steven Ray Tackett, 45, of Cardington pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of sexual exploitation of children, admitting that he took sexually explicit photos of an eight-year old girl and posted the pictures on an Internet photo-sharing site.
Tackett Press Release (.Pdf)

07-08-10--Columbus – Jason P. Anderson, 36, of New Martinsville, West Virginia pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of Interstate Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct for travelling between Ohio and West Virginia and having sexual relations with a  three and one-half-year-old girl.
Anderson Press Release (.Pdf)

07-02-10--Columbus – Jamie Staley, 26, of Dublin pleaded guilty in United States District Court here to two counts of computer intrusion for changing the passwords without authorization of the email accounts of others, and for accessing those accounts and deleting emails from them.
Staley Press Release (.Pdf)

07-02-10--Columbus – Two more people charged as part of an ongoing large scale drug trafficking investigation in south central Ohio were sentenced in United States District Court here. Daniel Vance Walls, 45, of Bainbridge was sentenced to 110 months imprisonment and fined $20,000. Mark L. May, 51, of Peebles was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment.
Walls Press Release (.Pdf)

07-01-10--Cincinnati – Ann Bryson, 63, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 33 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for defrauding Good Samaritan Employees Credit Union where she was the manager between 1998 and 2005. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $245,432.66.
Bryson Press Release (.Pdf)

 

June 2010


06-30-10--Columbus
–William H. Ringler, the owner and operator of a pig-feeding operation based in Ashley, Ohio, pleaded guilty in United States District Court today to one count of allowing an unpermitted discharge under the Clean Water Act after thousands of gallons of liquid whey leaked from a tank on the farm, flowed into Alum Creek and killed more than 36,700 fish and other small aquatic animals such as crawfish.
Ringler Press Release (.Pdf)

06-28-10--Cincinnati – James D. Powell, 53, of Hamilton, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to operating a Ponzi-style fraud scheme which cost 90 victims more than $9 million over six years by promising them high rates of return on a portfolio of real estate investments, and defrauded at least two mortgage companies and a private seller out of nearly $1 million.
Powell Press Release (.Pdf)

06-25-10--Columbus – Larry R. Adkins Jr., 42, of Oak Hill was sentenced in United States District Court here to pay $44,844.62 in restitution to the U.S. Forest Service for illegally cutting and removing 822 trees from the Wayne National Forest in Gallia County. .
Adkins Press Release (.Pdf)

06-25-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury here has indicted Katura J. Mozelle, 23, of Columbus and Kinte K. Green, 30, of Columbus alleging that they conspired to steal credit accounts belonging to people whose identities they had stolen from a government website in 2006.
Mozelle/Green Press Release (.Pdf)

06-22-10--Cincinnati – Teams of federal, state and local law enforcement agents today began arresting 14 people accused in three federal indictments charging them with conspiracy, trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a child’s playground, and illegal firearms sales.  
Press Release (.Pdf)

06-22-10--Cincinnati – John P. Hart II, 49, of Cincinnati was sentenced to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $679,663 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for failing to collect and pay over employment taxes to the IRS. Hart previously pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charge on March 3, 2010..
Hart Press Release (.Pdf)

06-21-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury here has returned a 13-count indictment charging Kevin L. Burton, 49, of Lucasville with conspiracy, manufacturing marijuana, obstruction of justice, and money laundering.  
Burton Press Release (.Pdf)

06-18-10--Dayton – Lawrence William Yancey, 43, of Los Angeles, California and formerly of Dayton, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 24 months imprisonment for failing to register as a sex offender. He was also sentenced to serve the rest of his life under court supervision. 
Yancey Press Release (.Pdf)

06-18-10--Dayton – Chukwuemeka O. Eziolisa, 25, of Trotwood, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 15 years and one month imprisonment stemming from the December, 2009 robbery at Abbey Credit Union in Vandalia.
Eziolisa Press Release (.Pdf)

06-17-10--Columbus –A federal grand jury here today indicted Lisette Lee, 28, of Los Angeles, California with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.
Lee Press Release (.Pdf)

06-17-10--Cincinnati – During the time period of Operation Stolen Dreams in the Southern District of Ohio, 15 people were charged, sentenced or convicted of mortgage fraud-related crimes. The frauds cost victims $43,140,000.
Operation Stolen Dreams Press Release (.Pdf)

06-17-10--Cincinnati – A federal grand jury here returned a superseding indictment charging Bernard J. Kurlemann, 56, of Mason with committing bankruptcy fraud by hiding assets when he filed bankruptcy on behalf of his company, luxury home builder Kurlemann Builders, Inc. (“KBI”), in March 2008.
Kurlemann Press Release (.Pdf)

06-15-10--Washington, DC – The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, two of its member hospitals (The Fort Hamilton Hospital and The University Hospital), and University Internal Medicine Associates Inc. have agreed to pay the United States $2.6 million to settle claims that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback-for-referral scheme, the Justice Department announced today.
Hospital Press Release (.Pdf)

06-14-10--Dayton – Jose Jesus Villalba, age 41, of Riverside, California, was sentenced in United States District Court here to 17 years imprisonment on drug conspiracy charges stemming from his role in a cocaine trafficking ring between Ohio, California and Mexico.
Villalba Press Release (.Pdf)

06-11-10--Dayton – Carson Trader, age 62, of Sidney, was sentenced in United States District Court here to 84 months in federal prison for possessing more than 12,000 images of child pornography.
Trader Press Release (.Pdf)

06-11-10--Columbus – Brent Camp, 35, of Hebron was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 96 months imprisonment for possessing more than 4,700 images of child pornography and sharing images over the Internet of a three- to four-year old child in sexually explicit poses.
Camp Press Release (.Pdf)

06-10-10--Cincinnati – Albert Jefferson Stone, age 29, of Hamilton, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 16 months imprisonment, followed by ten years of supervised release, for possessing 33 images of child pornography that he downloaded onto a church computer.
Jefferson Press Release (.Pdf)

06-10-10--Cincinnati – Orlando Carter, 44, of Mason was sentenced in United States District Court here to 15 years imprisonment for misleading lenders in order to secure more than $10 million in loans and lines of credit for the purchase of personal real estate and the operation of his business, the Dynus Corporation.
Carter Press Release (.Pdf)

06-10-10--Cincinnati – Vernon Menifee, 40, of Marietta, Georgia was sentenced here to 40 months imprisonment for defrauding Cincinnati-based Schottco Corporation and Schott Leasing Company out of $1,686,647.30 between 2006 and 2008. 
Menifee Press Release (.Pdf)

06-08-10--Columbus –Shane R. Ostrowski, 39, of Bexley, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of possession of child pornography after investigators found more than 500 images of child pornography on a laptop computer he owned.
Ostrowski Press Release (.Pdf)

06-08-10--Dayton – Richard A. Bee, 56, of Batavia has been ordered to pay almost $25,000 after pleading guilty to illegally using the pesticide Furadan in a way that resulted in the death of 16 migratory birds on farmland he leased near Bethel, Ohio.
Bee Press Release (.Pdf)

06-08-10--Cincinnati – Robert L. Schwartz, 70, an attorney in Cincinnati was sentenced to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release for committing mail fraud relative to keeping almost $2.5 million from an estate for which he was the executor instead of giving the money to the charitable organization for which it was intended, and for filing a false federal income tax return with the IRS.
Schwartz Press Release (.Pdf)

06-03-10--Columbus – Michael D. Dunbar, 48, of Fredericktown, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of distributing child pornography over the Internet.
Dunbar Press Release (.Pdf)

06-03-10--Cincinnati – Michael Detcher, 61, Cincinnati and formerly of Monroe, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 174 months imprisonment for sexually abusing a young girl when he was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army in 1991.
Detcher Press Release (.Pdf)

06-02-10--Columbus – Representatives of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF) met in Columbus today as part of a series of Mortgage Fraud Summits they are conducting around the United States. 
FFETF Press Release (.Pdf)

06-01-10--CincinnatiThe president of the Cincinnati Roller Girls, Mercedes B. Stafford, who skates under the name “Sadistic Sadie,” pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Covington, Kentucky today to one count of wire fraud, admitting that she illegally obtained more than 500 airline tickets between May 2007 and October 2009 through her other job as an employee of United Airlines at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Stafford Press Release (.Pdf)

 

May 2010


05-28-10--Columbus
– A federal grand jury here returned a 15-count indictment charging Myron Jerome Green, 49, of Columbus, in connection with seven armed robberies that occurred between June 2009 and May 2010.
Green Press Release (.Pdf)

05-21-10--Columbus – Troy G. Saxton, 41, aka “Big T”, of Columbus was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 92 months imprisonment for trafficking cocaine and heroin
Saxton Press Release (.Pdf)

05-12-10--Dayton – A federal grand jury here has indicted Stanley W. Combs III, age 42, of Brookville, Ohio, charging him with one count of operating an illegal gambling business and four counts of making false statements on his federal income tax returns
Combs Press Release (.Pdf)

05-12-10--Columbus – John H. Szewczyk, 28, of Lexington, Ohio pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of coercion and enticement for using the Internet to try and persuade a girl under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity. 
Szewczyk Press Release (.Pdf)

05-07-10--Columbus – Steven Ray Tackett, 45, of Cardington has been charged in a federal complaint with producing child pornography after investigators determined that sexually explicit photos of an eight-year old girl that had been posted on an Internet photo-sharing site were produced with a cell phone camera belonging to him.  
Tackett Press Release (.Pdf)

05-05-10--Cincinnati – Rashawn Gill, 32, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court here to a total of 123 months imprisonment following his conviction on all three counts contained in an indictment charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Gill Press Release (.Pdf)

05-05-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury here has indicted Amanda Renee Dixon, 29, of Canal Winchester, charging her with one count of harboring and concealing from arrest Daniel Arturo Batista, an illegal alien who had re-entered the United States after being deported following his felony convictions in several states for crimes involving burglary, drugs, and sexual assault.
Dixon Press Release (.Pdf)

 

April 2010


04-27-10--Columbus
– Michael T. Murray, 54, of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here to one count of misprision of a felony and his company, Three R Construction Company, entered a plea guilty to one count of bribery of a public official in connection with contracts the company secured with the U.S. Postal Service.
Murray Press Release (.Pdf)

04-26-10--Dayton – James Marshall, 28, a former network and data administrator in the Information Technology Services Department at Wilberforce University, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of theft of government property for stealing more than $10,000 worth of computer equipment purchased with a federal grant and selling it through his established internet business in 2007.
Marshall Press Release (.Pdf)

04-22-10--Columbus – Ronald L. Zullig, 55, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 24 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $185,000 in restitution to the Ohio Central Railroad for a kickback scheme in which he promised companies contracts with the railroad if they did personal work for him. 
Zullig Press Release (.Pdf)

04-21-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury here has indicted Cliff A. Gallatin, 56, of Dublin, charging him with one count of embezzling money intended for the pension account for employees of the company he owned, American Systems Consulting, Inc. (ASCI).
Gallatin Press Release (.Pdf)

04-15-10--Columbus –  Henry B. Rutland, 65, of Westerville was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 12 months and one day in prison for subscribing to child pornography websites. 
Rutland Press Release (.Pdf)

04-13-10--Dayton – Michael Preuss, 51, of Troy, Ohio, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of corrupt endeavor to impede employee of the United States acting in an official capacity under the Internal Revenue laws, after fabricating a false release form for his bank account which had been levied by the IRS for collection of unpaid withholding taxes.
Preuss Press Release (.Pdf)

04-12-10--Columbus – Danny L. Parrott, 62, of Kimbolton in Guernsey County was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment followed by six months of home confinement for conspiracy and violating federal laws for interstate shipments of live deer that had not been tested for disease.
Parrott Press Release (.Pdf)

04-09-10--Dayton – Ronald E. Douds, 42, of Dayton, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 192 months imprisonment for armed bank robbery and other charges stemming from the July 2, 2007  robbery of Fifth Third Bank on Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood.
Douds Press Release (.Pdf)

04-09-10--Dayton – Dennis Anuszewski, 52, of Springfield, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 120 months imprisonment for receipt of child pornography.
Anuszewski Press Release (.Pdf)

04-08-10--Columbus – Raul Villa-Guerra, 28, a Mexican citizen living in Columbus, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 41 months imprisonment for illegally re-entering the United States after he had been deported for drug trafficking.
Villa-Guerra Press Release (.Pdf)

04-08-10--Dayton – Ramona Burns, 38, of Germantown pleaded guilty in United States District Court here to one count of wire fraud for offering items for sale on eBay that she didn’t have.
Burns Press Release (.Pdf)

04-08-10--Cincinnati – A federal grand jury here has indicted Timothy J. McNamee, 55, of Springdale, alleging that he produced images and videos of child pornography and uploaded them on the Internet where they were viewed internationally.
McNamee Press Release (.Pdf)

04-05-10--Columbus – Cody W. Sippola, 37, of Columbus, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 87 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography on November 24, 2009.   
Sippola Press Release (.Pdf)

04-05-10--Columbus – Terry Thompson, 61, of Zanesville, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to possessing eight illegal firearms, including five fully automatic firearms and three short-barreled firearms without serial numbers.
Thompson Press Release (.Pdf)

04-05-10--Columbus –Hasan Salohutdinov, 28, of Dublin, Ohio and a citizen of Uzbekistan, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and present false statements to U.S. immigration authorities for his role in a scheme to arrange sham marriages between U.S. citizens and foreign nationals, primarily Eastern Europeans, in order to evade immigration laws. 
Salohutdinov Press Release (.Pdf)

04-02-10--Dayton – Victor Jones, 41, of Fairborn, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to one year and one day in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.
Jones Press Release (.Pdf)

04-01-10--Columbus – A United States District Court jury here today convicted Maurice Williams, aka “Papa Joe”, 34, of Columbus, Ohio and Decatur, Georgia with operating a continuing criminal enterprise for leading a drug trafficking network responsible for distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and marijuana over a four-year period.
Williams Press Release (.Pdf)

04-01-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury here today indicted Michael D. Dunbar, 48, of Fredericktown, charging him with six counts of distributing child pornography.
Dunbar Press Release (.Pdf)

 

March 2010


03-30-10--Columbus
– United States Attorney Carter M. Stewart of the Southern District of Ohio and United States Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio today announced a joint initiative with the FBI to prevent, detect, and deter fraud and corruption related to federal stimulus funding.
Press Release (.Pdf)

03-26-10--Dayton – Three men responsible for the August 12, 2008 robbery and fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk were sentenced in United States District Court here today.
Press Release (.Pdf)

03-25-10--Dayton – Patrick Antwan Matthews, 25, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 60 months in federal prison on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, to be served consecutive to a sentence of one-year and one day on a single count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, after pleading guilty on November 10, 2009 to the charges. 
Matthews Press Release (.Pdf)

03-25-10--Dayton – Chukwuemeka O. Eziolisa, 25, of Trotwood, pleaded guilty to one count of armed credit union robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, stemming from the December, 2009 robbery at Abbey Credit Union in Vandalia, Ohio.
Eziolisa Press Release (.Pdf)

03-24-10--Dayton – Kendra Lynn Sasser, 33, of Springboro, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 20 months imprisonment for possession of child pornography.
Sasser Press Release (.Pdf)

03-24-10--Dayton – Wanda Fox, 67, of Huber Heights, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in connection a scheme in which she embezzled approximately $478,287 belonging to Antioch Shrine, a charitable organization located in Dayton, Ohio.
Fox Press Release (.Pdf)

03-22-10--Dayton – Johnny Wilkerson, 25, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court here to 13 years imprisonment for his role in the December 4, 2008 takeover-style robbery of a Key Bank on Linden Avenue in East Dayton in which shots were fired and a teller was assaulted.
Wilkerson Press Release (.Pdf)

03-19-10--Columbus – Charles E. Townsend, 40, of Columbus was sentenced in United States District Court here to one day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $333,206 to the victim financial institutions. 
Townsend Press Release (.Pdf)

03-19-10--Columbus – Rudolph Joseph Fox, Jr., 56, of Fredricktown, Ohio, was sentenced in United States District Court here to twelve months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $23,765 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and fined $3,000. 
Fox Press Release (.Pdf)

03-18-10--Columbus – Larry E. Messer, 33, of Columbus, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to ten years in prison for possessing child pornography. Messer, who was convicted in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in 2002 of raping an 11-year old girl, will also be placed under court supervision for five years after his release from prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Messer Press Release (.Pdf)

03-18-10--Columbus – A federal grand jury here today indicted Kimball, Michigan-based Lawrence Fabricating Company and company owner Michael O’Chadleus, 45 of St. Clair, Michigan, in a 13-count indictment alleging that they supplied military vehicle that did not meet specifications of the U.S. Department of Defense.
O'Chadleus Press Release (.Pdf)

03-15-10--Dayton– Gregory S. Chew, 42, formerly of Waynesville, was convicted today by a federal jury following a 15-day trial for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving 57 property investors and 246 residential properties located throughout the greater Dayton area.
Chew Press Release (.Pdf)

03-11-10--Cincinnati – Ann Bryson, 63, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of bank embezzlement for defrauding Good Samaritan Employees Credit Union where she was the manager between 1998 and 2005.
Bryson Press Release (.Pdf)

03-09-10--Columbus – Roger Thurau, 33, of Reynoldsburg pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of possession of child pornography after investigators found approximately 20,000 video and image files of child pornography on his home computer. 
Thurau Press Release (.Pdf)

03-04-10--Columbus – Eric Satrum, age 36, of Radnor, was sentenced in United States District Court here to thirty-eight months in federal prison for possessing images and videos of child pornography.
Satrum Press Release (.Pdf)

03-03-10--Cincinnati – John P. Hart II, 48, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of failure to collect and pay over taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, admitting that from 2004 through 2006, he failed to withhold and pay approximately $678,644.79 in Medicare and Social Security taxes from his employees’ paychecks.
Hart Press Release (.Pdf)

 

February 2010


02-26-10--Dayton
– Anthony “Tricky” Baltimore, 40, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court late yesterday to life imprisonment for leading a drug-trafficking organization that distributed hundreds of kilograms of marijuana, cocaine and heroin in southern Ohio and reached into Lexington, Kentucky.
Baltimore Press Release (.Pdf)

02-24-10--Cincinnati –Ramone Anderson, 28, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court here to 293 months in prison for possessing a firearm when Cincinnati Police officers stopped him after a chase in 2007.
Anderson Press Release (.Pdf)

02-22-10--Columbus – Kimberly Davis, 44, of Johnstown, Ohio pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) relative to the assessment and collection of the employments taxes of Macloud Financial, Inc. 
Davis Press Release (.Pdf)

02-17-10--Columbus – Jeffrey A. Ables, 43, of Columbus’s east side, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 120 months imprisonment after investigators found him sharing over the Internet videos and images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 
Ables Press Release (.Pdf)

02-17-10--Columbus – Daniel Vance Walls, 45, of Bainbridge and Mark L. May, 51, of Peebles have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana from late 1997 through March 2008; and attempted possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana on October 17, 2004.
Walls Press Release (.Pdf)

02-12-10--Columbus – Brent Camp, 35, of Hebron pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of possession of child pornography after online investigators found him sharing images over the Internet of a three- to four-year old child in sexually explicit poses.
Camp Press Release (.Pdf)

02-11-10--Columbus – George Z. Pappas, an attorney in Urbana, Ohio pleaded guilty today to a charge of making a false statement to the government, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced.
Pappas Press Release (.Pdf)

02-10-10--Columbus – Police in Belize have arrested Gary Seawell, 33, at a farmhouse near the village of Esperanza. A federal grand jury here indicted Seawell, his brothers Duane and Mark Seawell, and 69 other individuals in 1997, for running an operation which used couriers carrying drugs into the Columbus area hidden in the soles of tennis shoes.
Seawell Press Release (.Pdf)

02-04-10--Cincinnati – A federal grand jury here indicted three inmates and two security guards at the Cincinnati halfway house, Talbert House, alleging that a guard accepted cash in return for letting them leave and return to the facility at night. One of the guards is also accused of having a sexual relationship with one of the inmates.
Talbert House Press Release (.Pdf)

02-02-10--Cincinnati – Deante Martell, 23, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 177 months imprisonment for his role in the March 25, 2009 shooting where assailants fired approximately 15 shots into the car of an FBI agent.
Martell Press Release (.Pdf)

02-02-10--Columbus – A U.S. District Court jury here convicted Lawrence E. Waldren, age 55, of Newark of making false statements in order to receive federal work injury compensation from May 2005 until September 2008.
Waldren Press Release (.Pdf)

 

January 2010


01-29-10--Columbus
– Michael Highman, 43, of Upper Arlington pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of distribution of child pornography for using an Internet site to share almost 200,000 images and movies of prepubescent teenage boys engaged in sexual acts.
Highman Press Release (.Pdf)

01-29-10--Cincinnati – A two-year investigation by the Greater Cincinnati Mortgage Fraud Task Force has resulted in a seven-count indictment charging two Cincinnati area home builders, a former Huntington National Bank vice president, and a self-employed tax preparer and interior designer with participating in a mortgage fraud scheme to sell four high-end luxury properties to “straw buyers.”
Press Release (.Pdf)

01-25-10--Columbus – Ian Kimmel, 31, of Dublin was sentenced in United States District Court here to 24 months imprisonment for having between 150 and 300 images on his personal computer depicting children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Kimmel Press Release (.Pdf)

01-22-10--Columbus – Columbus attorney, Charles W. McGowan, 41, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to helping convicted marijuana kingpin Donald Dailey launder proceeds from the drug trafficking operation in 2006 and 2007.
McGowan Press Release (.Pdf)

01-22-10--Dayton – Four participants in an extensive mortgage fraud scheme that affected 210 residential properties including 205 in Montgomery County were sentenced today in federal court.
Press Release (.Pdf)

01-14-10--Cincinnati – A federal grand jury here has indicted six members of a family and one of their employees charging them with operating a mortgage fraud conspiracy between 2004 and 2009.
Press Release (.Pdf)

01-14-10--Columbus – A United States District Court jury here convicted Ericka Ryan, 44, of Hilliard of conspiracy to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, aiding and abetting drug trafficking, and using a telephone to facilitate drug trafficking after a trial that began January 11.
Ryan Press Release (.Pdf)

01-13-10--Columbus – Jeffrey G. Baker,43, of Columbia Station, Ohio pleaded guilty in United States District Court here to one count of misprision of a felony for not reporting that he was paying a contracting officer with the U.S. Postal Service to secure contracts for his company.
Baker Press Release (.Pdf)

01-08-10--Dayton – David Jeremy Zobel, 32, of Ann Arbor, Michigan pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of coercion of a minor for driving two minor females from Xenia to Toledo and engaging in sexual activity with both of them.
Zobel Press Release (.Pdf)

01-07-10--Cincinnati – Karen S. Schmidt, 44, of Amberley Village was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 21 months in prison, three years of supervised release, a $5,000 fine, and restitution. 
Schmidt Press Release (.Pdf)

01-07-10--Columbus – Kyle Jeffrey Tschiegg, 39, of Sarasota, Florida was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 90 months imprisonment for emailing threats including threats to cause a candidate to drop out of a race for statewide office in Florida, hacking into email accounts of individuals and companies, and using stolen identity information to commit computer crimes.  
Tschiegg Press Release (.Pdf)

01-06-10--Columbus – Ronald Kelsor, 55, of Columbus was sentenced in United States District Court jury here today to life in prison for leading a heroin trafficking organization that operated throughout central and southern Ohio from 2004 until his arrest in April, 2008.
Kelsor Press Release (.Pdf)

01-05-10--Columbus – Terry A. Robbins, 48, of Waverly was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 36 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, ordered to pay restitution to victims of the fraud, and ordered to forfeit $99,120.   
Robbins Press Release (.Pdf)

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