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December 2011

December 28, 2011

TRUCKING SALES COMPANY OWNER SENTENCED TO 26 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR WIRE FRAUD
Phillip Bell, 49, of Miamisburg was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 26 months in prison and ordered to pay $375,000 in restitution for selling semi-trailers he did not own to customers across the country.

December 20, 2011

XENIA MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONTACT WITH MINOR
Allen Yun Johnson, 27, of Xenia, was sentenced in United States District Court here to 18 months in prison for engaging in sexual contact with a child he was babysitting.

December 13, 2011

U.S. ATTORNEY PRESENTS $70,000 FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN SOUTHSIDE COLUMBUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Carter M. Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, today presented $70,000 to the Grange Insurance Audubon Center to support the Conservation Classroom Program that serves students in ten schools in south Columbus.

December 09, 2011

15-YEAR SENTENCE FOR LEADER OF CONSPIRACY THAT ILLEGALLY SHIPPED PRESCRIPTION PILLS FROM FLORIDA TO OHIO
Christopher Thompson, 35, of Galloway was sentenced to 181 months in prison for directing a conspiracy involving 15 other people who travelled from Ohio to Florida, obtained and filled prescriptions for oxycodone and other drugs.

December 07, 2011

FOUR INDICTED IN $7 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
A federal grand jury has charged a title agent, her husband, an employee, and an associate with devising a scheme to defraud at least four lending institutions out of approximately $7,092,300 in mortgage loans. 

December 02, 2011

FORMER DAYTON TITLE AGENCY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO ROLE IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
William A. Turner, 46, of Dayton, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering as part of his role in a $5.6 million mortgage fraud scheme.

SISTERS PLEAD GUILTY TO PERJURY
Sharon Sturgill, 52, of Circleville, and Sandra Conner-Lewington, 54, of Columbus, each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of making false declarations before a court in connection with a federal trial in August.

December 01, 2011

FINAL DEFENDANTS SENTENCED IN SEVEN-PERSON MORTGAGE FRAUD CONSPIRACY
Six family members and an employee of one of the companies they owned have been sentenced in U.S. District Court for a mortgage fraud scheme involving nine properties they bought and sold for their own use between 2004 and 2009.


November 2011

November 30, 2011

FORMER HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORN
Matthew R. Fisher, 30, of Pickerington was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 36 months in prison for possessing more than 600 images of child pornography.

November 29, 2011

CONTRACTOR AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL PLEAD GUILTY TO BRIBERY SCHEME
The operations manager for the Cincinnati offices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a construction company executive.

November 18, 2011

COLUMBUS STEEL CASTINGS TO PAY $825,000 AND INSTALL MONITORING EQUIPMENT AS SENTENCE FOR VIOLATING CLEAN AIR ACT
Columbus Steel Castings Company, Inc. located on the south side of Columbus has been sentenced to pay $825,000 and install additional devices to prevent air pollution.

November 15, 2011

51-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CINCINNATI MAN WHO PRODUCED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Kenneth Rose, 39, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court to 612 months in prison for producing child pornography involving at least five children, including two who were ten years old.

November 09, 2011

BUSINESS OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON AND ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $450,000 FOR EMPLOYMENT TAX FRAUD AND HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS
Jaroslaw Luczkowiec, 46, of Delaware, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 12 months in prison and ordered to pay $453,309.50 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States and for employment tax fraud.

November 08, 2011

OWNER OF CLUB RITZ (now AQUA) PLACED ON HOUSE ARREST AND ORDERED TO PAY ALMOST $50,000 TO THE IRS FOR TAX CRIMES
Andrew E. Williams, 50, of Villa Hills, Kentucky was ordered to serve 15 months of home confinement and pay $49,991.14 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service after admitting that he withheld money for taxes from his employees’ paychecks.

November 02, 2011

COLUMBUS MAN TO SERVE 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ADVERTISING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON INTERNET-BASED BULLETIN BOARD
Christopher J. Klein, 47, of Columbus, was sentenced in United States District Court to 180 months in prison for advertising child pornography on an Internet-based, members-only child pornography bulletin board known as “Lost Boy,” and 60 months in prison for receipt of child pornography.

November 01, 2011

DAYTON BUSINESS OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HIRING IMMIGRANTS TO WORK AT NON-EXISTENT COMPANY
Amarnath Trichy, 47, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court to nine months in federal prison for filing almost 250 false documents as part of a plan to bring foreign workers in to Dayton for jobs that did not exist.

October 2011

October 27, 2011

FINAL MAN IN CINCINNATI TRIO SENTENCED TO 130 MONTHS IN PRISON IN HOME INVASION SCHEME
Edward Austin, 25, of Cincinnati, was sentenced here today to 130 months imprisonment in connection with an attempted home invasion of suspected drug dealers.

October 26, 2011

JURY CONVICTS MASSACHUSETTS MAN OF LEADING JANUARY 2009 BURGLARY OF BRINKS FACILITY IN COLUMBUS
A U.S. District Court jury here today convicted Sean D. Murphy, aka Brian Heatherman, age 47, of Lynn, Massachusetts of masterminding and carrying out the January 18, 2009 burglary of a Brinks facility in Columbus.

TATTOO SHOP OWNER SENTENCED TO 36 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR LAUNDERING MONEY, CONSPIRING TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA
Edward A. Rife, 31, of Westerville was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 36 months imprisonment followed by four years of supervised release for distributing between 400 and 700 kilograms of marijuana and laundering some of the proceeds of the crime through a tattoo shop he owned.

October 25, 2011

SHADYSIDE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TRANSPORTING MINOR FOR SEX
Barry L. Youst, 55, of Shadyside, Ohio pleaded guilty here today to one count of Transportation of an Individual for Purposes of Unlawful Sexual Activity, after crossing state lines between Ohio and West Virginia to meet a 15-year old girl.

BROTHER AND SISTER TAX PREPARERS PLEAD GUILTY IN FRAUDULENT TAX RETURN SCHEME
Sherrel D. Smith, 42, and her brother Stephen Eugene Brooks, Jr., 40, pleaded guilty here today to charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

October 17, 2011

OWNER OF WARSAW WIRELESS PLEADS GUILTY TO EMPLOYMENT TAX FRAUD CHARGE
Khalid Alnajar, 46, of Cincinnati, owner of Warsaw Wireless, Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of employment tax fraud. Alnajar faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000.

October 14, 2011

GALLOWAY MAN SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Robert L. Wadsworth, 42, of Galloway, was sentenced here today to 14 years imprisonment for receipt of child pornography, after investigators found his internet IP address directly associated with a pornography file during a routine search in January 2011 for subjects in Franklin County who were distributing child pornography via the internet.

October 11, 2011

FORMER OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY QUARTERBACK PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD IN TICKET SALES INVESTMENT SCHEME
Arthur E. Schlichter, 51, of Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count each of wire fraud, bank fraud and filing a false income tax return for defrauding investors in a ticket resale business he claimed he was operating.

October 06, 2011

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EMAILING BOMB THREAT AIMED AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Jonathan Michael Birkemeyer, 24, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 6 months imprisonment for sending an email threat to the FBI warning of bombs placed on the campus of The Ohio State University on November 16, 2010.

DUBLIN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME IN PORTSMOUTH 
Andrew Hill, 34, of Dublin, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to bank fraud and money laundering for obtaining more than $1.2 million in fraudulent mortgage loans involving investment properties in Portsmouth, Ohio then “flipping” the properties and selling them to unqualified buyers.

October 05, 2011

LONDON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AFTER POSTING AD ON INTERNET AND SEEKING SEX WITH PRE-TEENS 
Jordan T. Allen, 24, of London, Ohio faces at least five years and up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of receipt of child pornography.

September 2011

September 30, 2011

SPRINGFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
James M. Goodman, 44, of Springfield pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of attempted sexual exploitation of children for using the Internet to try and arrange to take sexually explicit photographs of young girls.

September 28, 2011

DUBLIN BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT FUNDS
Cliff A. Gallatin, 58, of Dublin, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to one year and one day in prison for diverting approximately $120,000 in retirement funds withheld from his employees’ earnings in order to help fund his personal lifestyle that included country club memberships, expensive automobiles, boats, and a condo on Lake Erie.

September 26, 2011

LOCAL GOLF COURSE DEVELOPER PLEADS GUILTY TO BANKRUPTCY FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING
Golf course and real estate developer Michael R. Macke, 61, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count each of bankruptcy fraud and money laundering.

September 22, 2011

OWNER OF BRUNSMAN COMPANIES SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON FOR $50 MILLION FRAUD
Richard T. Brunsman Jr., 45, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court to 144 months in prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $62 million in loans from 18 different federally insured banks for his companies.

DAY CARE OWNER CHARGED WITH RECEIPT AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A federal grand jury has charged John Foster, 36, of Maineville with 24 counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Foster is the co-owner of the Primrose School at River’s Bend in Maineville.

September 21, 2011

TEXAS WOMAN ADMITS STEALING DECEASED MOTHER’S SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
Hazel Malone, 56, of Houston, Texas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to stealing $93,954 in Social Security benefits after her mother, who lived in Dayton, passed away.

UNION PRESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING UNION FUNDS
Diana Frey, 51, the elected president of a labor union representing approximately 800 employees of the City of Cincinnati (Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees or CODE), pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of wire fraud and admitted that she embezzled union funds between 2005 and June 2011.

September 20, 2011

XENIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFUL SEXUAL CONTACT WITH MINOR
Allen Y. Johnson, 27, of Xenia, pleaded guilty in United States District Court here to one count of knowingly engaging in sexual contact and causing sexual contact with  a child  who had not yet attained the age of 12 years.

September 15, 2011

TWO CINCINNATI MEN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON IN HOME INVASION SCHEME
Jerome Osborne, 25, of Cincinnati, was sentenced here today to a total of 138 months imprisonment in connection with an attempted home invasion of suspected drug dealers..

SETTLEMENT IN CIVIL FORFEITURE CASE RECOVERS ALMOST $2.6 MILLION FOR VICTIMS OF INVESTMENT FRAUD SCHEME
More than 90 victims of a Hamilton-based investment fraud scheme orchestrated by James D. Powell  and David L. Colwell will share $2,599,152.47 as a result of two civil forfeiture actions the government filed and recently resolved.

September 07, 2011

FORMER POMEROY VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR SENTENCED FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO OHIO EPA
John A. Anderson, 64, of Pomeroy, Ohio, was sentenced in United States District Court for making false statements to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (“Ohio EPA”) related to the operation of the sewage treatment plant (the “plant”) that services the Village of Pomeroy. 

August 2011

August 31, 2011

MIAMISBURG MAN SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Michael Devoe, 63, of Miamisburg, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 24 months imprisonment for possession of child pornography.   

ARIZONA MAN SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER
Kenneth W. Rachal, 30, of Phoenix, Arizona was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 15 months in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.

August 30, 2011

DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 16 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR BANK ROBBERY AND SUPERVISED RELEASE VIOLATION
Lonnie Johnson, 49, of Dayton, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 15 years imprisonment for bank robbery stemming from the March 2011 robbery of Key Bank on West Second Street in downtown Dayton, plus 452 additional days in prison for violating his supervised release from a 2000 federal bank robbery conviction. 

August 25, 2011

GAHANNA COUPLE SENTENCED FOR $20 MILLION FRAUD SCHEME
Michael Spillan, 44, of Gahanna was sentenced to 140 months in prison, and his wife, Melissa Spillan, 41, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for operating a fraudulent stock-based loan scheme that caused at least 38 victims to lose $19,695,579.17. 

August 23, 2011

BUSINESS OWNER AND COMPANY SENTENCED FOR ASBESTOS VIOLATIONS
A. David Sugar, 62, of New Middletown, and his construction company, Honey Creek Contracting Company, were sentenced in United States District Court today for violating the Clean Air Act rules related to the proper removal and handling of asbestos.

August 19, 2011

TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO “TAKE-OVER” ARMED ROBBERY OF BEXLEY BANK
Anthony C. Barrett, 48 and Henry B. Moore Jr., 21, both of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbing a Huntington Bank in Bexley on June 10, 2011.

August 18, 2011

FOUR CHARGED WITH RUNNING $13 MILLION LOAN FRAUD SCHEME
A federal grand jury has indicted four people who ran a Cincinnati real estate business known as American Equity Group (AEG) with fraudulently obtaining more than $13 million in loans through a loan fraud scheme that targeted homeowners or builders in or near foreclosure. The scheme allegedly caused a loss of $6 million.

August 17, 2011

DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO 87 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON
ON DRUG POSSESSION AND ILLEGAL FIREARMS CHARGES
Doshie Gregory Bond, 26, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court here to concurrent sentences of 87 months in prison on federal drug and gun violations.

TWENTY-FOUR CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY FOR RUNNING A COUNTERFEIT BUSINESS CHECK SCHEME
A federal grand jury here has indicted 24 people, alleging that they conspired to obtain copies of legitimate business checks, counterfeited them, deposited the counterfeit checks in various bank accounts, then withdrew the money at banks and ATMs and split the proceeds.

BRINKS BURGLAR SENTENCED TO 55 MONTHS IN PRISON
Joseph M. Morgan, 29, of Lynn, Massachusetts was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 55 months in prison for his involvement in the January 18, 2009 burglary of a Brinks facility in Columbus on January 18, 2009. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,270,456.80.

August 12, 2011

300-MONTH SENTENCE FOR LARGE-SCALE MARIJUANA AND COCAINE TRAFFICKER
Rene Rodriguez, 48, of Mission, Texas was sentenced in United States District Court to 300 months in prison for leading a conspiracy responsible for transporting and distributing thousands of pounds of marijuana and hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from Texas to central Ohio over the course of five years.

August 11, 2011

OWNER OF CLUB RITZ PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX CRIMES
Andrew E. Williams, 50, of Villa Hills, Kentucky pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to failing to pay over to the Internal Revenue Service more than $49,000 in taxes he withheld from his employees’ paychecks between April 2006 and March 2009.

CINCINNATI REAL ESTATE AGENT CHARGED WITH COMMITTING $6.9 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD
A federal grand jury has charged Rodney T. Riddle, 44, of Cincinnati with fraudulently obtaining $6,971,870 in loans on approximately 59 properties by convincing his clients, which included close friends and fellow church members, to purchase residential properties at over-inflated prices.

August 08, 2011

FORMER GENERAL MANAGER OF WARSAW WIRELESS PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX FRAUD CHARGE
Basil Asad, 38, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty to one count of willfully filing a false federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Asad faces a maximum prison sentence of three years and a fine of up to $250,000.

August 02, 2011

FOURTH INDIVIDUAL IN DYNUS INVESTIGATION SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD, TAX CRIMES
James Smith, 43, of Lebanon was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 15  months imprisonment for his role in a scheme to mislead lenders and secure more than $10 million in loans and lines of credit for Dynus Corporation in connection with a countywide fiber optics installation project in Butler County. Smith was also ordered to pay more than $4 million in restitution.

July 2011

July 28, 2011

DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO 21YEARS IN PRISON FOR ASSAULTING A FEDERAL AGENT DURING ARMED KIDNAPPING
Demond R. Johnigan, 19, of Dayton was sentenced in U.S. District Court to a total of 21 years in prison for, among other things, pointing a gun at an FBI agent who was trying to apprehend Johnigan after a kidnapping in December, 2010.

COLUMBUS STEEL CASTINGS PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING CLEAN AIR ACT
Columbus Steel Castings Company, Inc. located on the south side of Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a six-count information charging them with violating the Clean Air Act.

July 26, 2011

FORMER BUTLER COUNTY AUDITOR SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRACY, TAX CRIMES
Butler County Auditor Mary C. Rogers was sentenced in United States District Court to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution to National City Bank in the amount of $4 million for conspiracy and filing a false income tax return.

July 20, 2011

UNION PRESIDENT CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING MORE THAN $757,000
A federal grand jury has charged Diana Frey, the elected president of the Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees (CODE), a labor union representing approximately 800 employees of the City of Cincinnati, with wire fraud alleging that she embezzled more than $757,000 from the union between 2005 and June 2011.

July 08, 2011

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED TO 170 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ROBBING EIGHT BANKS IN FOUR COUNTIES
James Henry Evans III, 32, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to a total of 170 months in prison for robbing eight banks in Franklin, Madison, Montgomery and Delaware counties between October 2010 and January 2011.

THREE INDICTED FOR “TAKE-OVER” ARMED ROBBERY OF BEXLEY BANK
A federal grand jury here has indicted three Columbus men, charging them with conspiracy, armed bank robbery, and gun charges in connection with the June 10, 2011 “take-over”-style robbery of a Huntington Bank in Bexley.

July 07, 2011

MONROE WOMAN SENTENCED TO 71 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING EMPLOYER OUT OF MORE THAN $4.3 MILLION
Kimberly Prebles, 43, of Monroe was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison here today on one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false federal income tax return arising from her scheme to defraud her employer, Clark Western Building Systems, Inc. of Middletown of approximately $4,315,755 over a ten-year period.

June 2011

June 28, 2011

TATTOO SHOP OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO MONEY LAUNDERING, CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA
Edward A. Rife, 31, of Westerville pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and one count of money laundering.

June 27, 2011

DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO 96 MONTHS IN PRISON ON FELONY FIREARMS CHARGE
James Schooler, 51, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 96 months in federal prison on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, after pleading guilty on February 28, 2011 to the charge.

June 20, 2011

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMAILING BOMB THREAT AIMED AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
Jonathan Michael Birkemeyer, 24, of Columbus pleaded guilty to sending an email threat to the FBI warning of bombs placed on the campus of The Ohio State University on November 16, 2010.

June 10, 2011

CALIFORNIA WOMAN RECEIVES 72-MONTH SENTENCE FOR TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA TO OHIO ABOARD PRIVATE JET
Lisette Lee, 29, of Los Angeles, California was sentenced in United States District Court to 72 months in prison for her role in transporting 14 separate shipments of large quantities of marijuana from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio on a private jet.

June 09, 2011

PHYSICIAN SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND INCOME TAX FRAUD
Dr. Rajiv Yakhmi, 46, of Powell, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court here to 12 months and one day in prison and ordered to pay $310,000 plus interest and penalties to the IRS and an additional $590,278.60 to the government and private health care insurers he defrauded.

FORMER POMEROY VILLAGE ADMINISTRATOR PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO OHIO EPA
John A. Anderson, 64, of Pomeroy, pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of making false statements to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency related to the operation of the sewage treatment plant that services Pomeroy.

REYNOLDSBURG MAN SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR OPERATING ILLEGAL GUN BUSINESS
Ronald E. Paramore, 43, of Reynoldsburg was sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally dealing more than 200 firearms including some that were recovered as crime guns.

TWO CHARGED IN INTERNATIONAL COUNTERFEITING CONSPIRACY
A federal grand jury here has charged two Florida men with passing hundreds of counterfeit $100 bills they obtained from South America. Hilde Brando Uscategui, 41, and Stuart J. Rodriguez, 21, are named in the four-count indictment. 

June 08, 2011

TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO $2.7 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD CONSPIRACY
Anthony O. Buford, 42, and Jolie O. Neal, 47, both of Mason, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring to defraud lending institutions out of $2,779,500 by cheating the system in order to obtain mortgages on three properties they owned and keeping the money rather than paying off existing loans.

June 06, 2011

CINCINNATI MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SELLING MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN COUNTERFEIT FINANCIAL AND TAX PREPARATION SOFTWARE
Brandon C. Davis, 31, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty today to selling more than $1 million worth of counterfeit financial and tax preparation software through an internet auction site.

June 02, 2011

OWNER OF WARSAW WIRELESS INDICTED ON TAX FRAUD CHARGES
A federal grand jury here has charged Khalid Alnajar, 46, of Cincinnati with 12 counts of employment tax fraud and two counts of willfully filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 

 

May 2011

May 26, 2011

FEDERAL MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST TWO MEMBERS OF DAYTON VIEW HUSTLERS STREET GANG
A federal grand jury here has indicted Theron E. Lewis, aka “T-Streets”, 25, and Keith A. Watson, aka “Buck” and “Hooskal King”, 28, with multiple firearm charges including discharging a firearm in a crime of violence that resulted in the death of the victim.

May 24, 2011

U.S. ATTORNEY, LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS, ANNOUNCE TASK FORCE RESULTS AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION
U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart and representatives of several federal, state and local law enforcement agencies today announced the results of a two-year child exploitation interdiction initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI Cybercrimes Task Force.

May 19, 2011

WAYNESVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO 60 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
Gregory S. Chew, 43, formerly of Waynesville, was sentenced here today to 60 months in prison following his March, 2010 conviction on one count of money laundering, one count of conspiracy to launder money, and three counts each of mail fraud and wire fraud for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving 17 property investors and 61 Dayton area residential properties.

May 18, 2011

GROVE CITY FOOD PANTRY FINANCIAL SECRETARY SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
Gayle J. Tatman, 59, of Columbus was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $212,760.65 in restitution to the Grove City Food Pantry and Emergency Services, Inc. for diverting donations to the charity for her personal use between 2002 and 2009.

May 17, 2011

FINANCIAL PLANNER PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING MORE THAN $2 MILLION FROM CLIENTS
Elliot Kravitz, 54, of Mason, Ohio pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of wire fraud for an investment scheme in which he defrauded nine of his customers out of approximately $2,020,374.79. 

May 10, 2011

JURY CONVICTS PHYSICIAN OF ILLEGALLY PRESCRIBING PILLS THAT LED TO DEATHS OF FOUR PEOPLE
A United States District Court jury convicted Dr. Paul H. Volkman of Chicago of illegally prescribing and dispensing millions of pain pills outside the scope of a legitimate medical practice that resulted in the deaths of four people between 2003 and 2005. He faces at least 20 years in prison.

May 09, 2011

MASON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Andrew Faires Keith, 27, of Mason, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to 15 counts of producing child pornography as well as one count each of transportation and possession of child pornography.

CINCINNATI MAN FOUND WITH 13,000 CHILD PORN IMAGES, 6,000 VIDEOS ON HIS COMPUTER
Michael Lewis Bohannon, 52, of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography after task force investigators found more than 13,000 images and 6,000 videos of child pornography on his computer.

CARDINGTON MAN SENTENCED TO  22 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
Steven Ray Tackett, 46, of Cardington was sentenced in United States District Court here to 265 months in prison for taking sexually explicit photos of a nine-year old girl and posting the pictures on an Internet photo-sharing site.

May 04, 2011

CAR DEALERSHIP FORFEITS $400,000 FOR IMPROPER STRUCTURING OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS
Discover Motors, Inc., located in Hamilton, Ohio, was sentenced to civilly forfeit $413,689.63 for structuring financial transactions with a domestic financial institution in an attempt to evade the Currency Transaction Report (CTR) reporting requirements. 

 

April 2011

April 26, 2011

LUCASVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO 138 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR RUNNING LARGE POT GROWING OPERATION
Kevin L. Burton, 50, of Lucasville was sentenced in United States District Court to 138 months imprisonment for overseeing a marijuana growing operation in southern Ohio that reached into central Ohio and South Carolina.  

April 21, 2011

DAYTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULTING A FEDERAL AGENT, KIDNAPPING AND FIREARM CHARGES
Demond R. Johnigan, 18, of Dayton pleaded guilty here today to kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence in connection with a carjacking, in which he pointed a gun at a federal officer as the FBI agent tried to apprehend him.

LEADER OF MARIJUANA AND COCAINE TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON  
Adam Jerome Kennedy, 40, of Westerville, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment for his role in distributing more than 10,000 kilograms but less than 30,000 kilograms of marijuana in central Ohio between 2000 and 2009.

BUSINESS OWNER AND COMPANY PLEAD GUILTY TO ASBESTOS VIOLATIONS
A. David Sugar, 62, of New Middletown, and his construction company, Honey Creek Contracting Company, pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of conspiracy and four counts of violating the Clean Air Act rules related to the proper removal and handling of asbestos.

GAHANNA COUPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO $20 MILLION FRAUD INVOLVING STOCK-BASED LOAN SCHEME
Michael Spillan, 43, of Gahanna, and his wife, Melissa Spillan, 41, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to running a fraudulent stock-based loan scheme that caused at least 38 victims to lose $19,695,580.

FORMER COLUMBUS PHYSICIAN SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY 
A former Columbus physician specializing in neonatology, Philip T. Nowicki, 58, was sentenced in United States District Court today to 27 months imprisonment for admitting that he used a computer at the Columbus hospital where he worked to subscribe to an illegal international child porn website.

April 20, 2011

BROTHER AND SISTER TAX PREPARERS CHARGED WITH FILING 65 FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS 
Sherrel D. Smith, 42, and her brother Stephen Eugene Brooks, 39, were charged in a federal indictment alleging that they filed 65 fraudulent income tax returns in their clients’ names between 2005 and 2008.

April 18, 2011

THREE IN PORTSMOUTH HONORED FOR WORK ON BEHALF OF VICTIMS
U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart recognized three people in Portsmouth, Ohio for their outstanding service to crime victims in a presentation marking National Crime Victims Rights Week.

April 14, 2011

TWO GROVE CITY MEN SENTENCED FOR PAIN PILL DIVERSION SCHEME   
James Methany Jr., 30, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and Jacob McCoy, 23, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for forging prescriptions to obtain pain pills that they sold on the street and billing the prescriptions to Medicare under another unknowing person’s name. Both men live in Grove City.

DUBLIN BUSINESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING MONEY FROM COMPANY PENSION PLAN  
Cliff A. Gallatin, 56, of Dublin, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of embezzlement, admitting that he withheld more than $120,000 from the paychecks of employees at American Systems Consulting, Inc. (ASCI) but did not deposit it in the employees’ 401k plans.

THREE PLEAD GUILTY IN LARGE-SCALE MARIJUANA GROWING CONSPIRACY IN MUSKINGUM AND LOGAN COUNTIES
Three men indicted in November 2010 pleaded guilty here today to 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.

April 13, 2011

SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 120 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Namon R. Walton, 31, of Columbus, and a registered sex offender was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 120 months in prison for downloading images of child pornography from a file-sharing website.

OWNER OF TITLE AGENCY PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD 
Donald L. Richardson, 54, of Edgewood, Kentucky pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of bank fraud for keeping more than $1 million received by his title company, Commitment Title Agency, Inc., instead of using the funds to pay off existing mortgages of the five properties involved.

April 07, 2011

TWO MASSACHUSETTS MEN PLEAD GUILTY TO BURGLARY OF COLUMBUS BRINKS FACILITY
Two Lynn, Massachusetts men each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of transporting stolen merchandise and money across state lines for their roles in burglarizing a Brinks facility in Columbus on January 18, 2009.

April 06, 2011

TAX PREPARER, HOMEBUILDER, AND BANK EXECUTIVE SENTENCED FOR ROLES IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME INVOLVING LUXURY HOMES 
Four more participants in a mortgage fraud scheme involving luxury homes in the Cincinnati area have been sentenced in U.S. District Court here for their crimes. Seven people have now been sentenced as a result of the investigation.

April 01, 2011

FOUR SENTENCED FOR ROLES IN HOSTAGE TAKING
Four men involved in a shootout and hostage-taking involving a woman and her three-year old daughter in north Columbus in December 2009 were sentenced in U.S. District Court here today.

 

March 2011

March 31, 2011

OWNER AND TWO EMPLOYEES OF COLUMBUS PAIN CLINICS PLEAD GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTING THOUSANDS OF PAIN PILLS 
The owner and two employees of two pain management clinics in Columbus have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to distributing prescriptions for the equivalent of more than 11,000 dosages of pain medicine without a legitimate medical need for the prescriptions and fraudulently billing a government insurance program for the drugs.

March 25, 2011

DUBLIN MAN SENTENCED TO 262 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR
John K. Hughes, 70, of Dublin, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 262 months in prison for sexually exploiting a girl from the time she was four until she was 11 and taking more than 500 sexually explicit photographs of her.

March 23, 2011

COLUMBUS MAN ARRESTED FOR COERCION AND ENTICEMENT OF MINOR
Kevin Weiner, 42, of Columbus was arrested today by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations for attempting to engage a minor in sexual conduct.

March 18, 2011

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBING EIGHT BANKS IN FOUR COUNTIES
James Henry Evans III, 32, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbing eight banks in Franklin, Madison, Montgomery and Delaware counties between October 2010 and January 2011. 

March 16, 2011

BUSINESS OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO EMPLOYMENT TAX FRAUD AND HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS
Jaroslaw Luczkowiec, 46, of Delaware, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States and one count of evading federal employment taxes with Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

March 10, 2011

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED TO 150 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR COERCION AND ENTICEMENT OF MINOR
David Jeremy Zobel, 33, of Ann Arbor, Michigan was sentenced in United States District Court to 150 months imprisonment for coercion of a minor. He was also ordered to be under court supervision for the rest of his life.

March 09, 2011

FORMER BUTLER COUNTY COMMISSIONER MICHAEL FOX PLEADS GUILTY TO PUBLIC CORRUPTION
Former Butler County Commission President Michael A. Fox pleaded guilty in United States District Court here today to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and one count of filing a false income tax return.

March 01, 2011

LOGAN COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY POSSESSING MACHINE GUNS
A federal grand jury here has indicted Todd Allen Lamb, 37, of Bellefontaine, accusing him of illegally possessing five machine guns. He is also charged with making false statements on paperwork filed with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). 

 

February 2011

February 28, 2011

U.S. SETTLES CIVIL CHARGES AGAINST FORMER CSX EMPLOYEE FOR DEFRAUDING RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD
Robert Gilkison and his wife Cynthia Gilkison of Maysville, Kentucky have agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve civil False Claims Act charges and other civil claims against them for engaging in a fraudulent scheme through which they attained hundreds of thousands of dollars of disability payments to which they were not entitled. 

February 22, 2011

OWNER OF BRUNSMAN COMPANIES PLEADS GUILTY TO $52 MILLION FRAUD
Richard T. Brunsman Jr., 45, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of bank fraud, admitting that he repeatedly used false or fraudulent documents to obtain more than $52 million in loans for his companies between 2004 and 2010.

February 17, 2011

30-YEAR SENTENCE FOR SPRINGDALE MAN WHO PRODUCED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Timothy J. McNamee, 56, of Springdale, was sentenced to 360 months in prison for producing images and videos of child pornography and uploading them on the Internet where they were viewed internationally.

February 04, 2011

Justice Department Settles with franklin county sheriff’s office over use of TASERS in County Jails
A settlement agreement has been reached with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Columbus, Ohio, over the use of Conducted Energy Devices (CEDs), or electrically charged weapons commonly referred to by the brand name “TASER,” in its two jails, the Franklin County Corrections Centers, the Department of Justice announced today. 

TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO TRANSPORT MARIJUANA FROM CALIFORNIA TO OHIO ABOARD PRIVATE JET
Lisette Lee, 29, of Los Angeles, California and Frank S. Edwards, 40, of Hacienda, California, each pleaded guilty in United States District Court today to conspiring to transport large quantities of  marijuana from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio on a private jet.

February 02, 2011

OHIO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAIL AND WIRE FRAUD
Gregory Pfizenmayer of Foley, Ala., has pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Herman J. Weber in Cincinnati to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a drug diversion scheme in which he was involved, the Justice Department announced today.

JURY CONVICTS LARGE-SCALE MARIJUANA AND COCAINE TRAFFICKER
A United States District Court jury here convicted Rene Rodriguez, 47, of Mission, Texas of two counts conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana and five kilograms of cocaine from Texas to central Ohio, crimes that each carries a mandatory punishment of life in prison.

February 01, 2011

OHIO-BASED MANAGED CARE PLAN CONTRACTOR CARESOURCE & ENTITIES
TO PAY $26 MILLION TO RESOLVE FALSE CLAIMS ALLEGATIONS
CareSource, CareSource Management Group Co. and CareSource USA Holding Co. have agreed to pay the United States and the state of Ohio $26 million to resolve allegations that they caused Medicaid to make payments for assessments and case managements they failed to provide to children and adults, the Justice Department announced today.   


January 2011

January 31, 2010

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUES CINCINNATI LANDLORD FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The Justice Department today filed a lawsuit against Cincinnati landlord Henry E. Bailey alleging that Bailey sexually harassed female tenants at residential properties he has owned and managed in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.   

January 27, 2010

TWO SENTENCED FOR USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO SEEK ALMOST $500,000 IN FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX REFUND ANTICIPATION LOANS
A Columbus couple, Kenyetta Williams, and her husband, Delmar Williams, were sentenced in U.S. District Court today for a massive identify theft scheme using information they obtained through the Securities and Exchange Commission website.

January 25, 2010

RIPLEY, OHIO, MAN SENTENCED FOR TAX CRIMES
Robert C. Welti, a resident of Ripley, Ohio, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Justice Department announced. Welti previously pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code.  

JURY CONVICTS LOCKBOURNE MAN OF FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER
A jury in U.S. District Court here today convicted Stanley B. Strong, 41, of Lockbourne of two counts of failure to register as a sex offender, as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  

MANAGER OF COLUMBUS-BASED AMBULETTE SERVICE SENTENCED FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD
Phillip Taylor, former business manager for Xpress Transportation, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay $195,670.86 in restitution to Medicaid, the government health insurance program he defrauded.

January 21, 2010

PAIR SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS IN PRISON AND ORDERED TO PAY RESTITUTION FOR HIJACKING CREDIT CARD ACCOUNTS USING INFORMATION TAKEN FROM COURT WEBSITE
Two Columbus residents have been sentenced to 30 months prison for conspiring to steal credit accounts belonging to people whose identities they stole from a government website in 2006.  They were also ordered to pay restitution to the victims of the fraud.

THREE MASSACHUSETTS MEN CHARGED WITH JANUARY 2009 BURGLARY OF BRINKS FACILITY IN COLUMBUS
A federal grand jury here has indicted three Lynn, Massachusetts men in a four-count indictment accusing them of burglarizing the Brinks facility in Columbus on January 17, 2009.  

January 20, 2011

LOCAL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSISTING WITH THE PREPARATION OF FALSE FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURNS
Abimbola O. Adeyemo, 46, of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty to two counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which contained false claims for refunds. 

COLUMBUS MAN INDICTED FOR ROBBING EIGHT BANKS
A federal grand jury here has indicted James Henry Evans III, 32, of Columbus, accusing him of robbing eight banks in Franklin, Madison, Montgomery and Delaware counties between October 2010 and January 2011.

PHYSICIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD AND INCOME TAX FRAUD
Dr. Rajiv Yakhmi, 45, of Powell, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here to one count of health care fraud and to one count of willfully filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

MASON MAN ARRESTED BASED ON INDICTMENT ALLEGING 115 COUNTS OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A federal grand jury has charged Andrew Faires Keith, 27, of Mason, with 115 counts of producing child pornography. The indictment also charges Keith with one count each of transportation and possession of child pornography. 

LOCAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER INDICTED ON CHARGES OF BANKRUPTCY FRAUD, PERJURY, MONEY LAUNDERING
Michael R. Macke, 61, of Cincinnati has been charged with bankruptcy fraud, perjury, and money laundering alleged in a 10-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury here.  

January 14, 2010

KENTUCKY MAN SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR ARMED BANK ROBBERY
Lyle Isaacs, 53, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 16 years imprisonment for armed bank robbery stemming from the October, 2009 robbery of Chase Bank on West Main Street in Troy, Ohio.  

January 13, 2010

FORMER WRIGHT-PATT EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD FRAUD
Bruce O. Johnsonbaugh, 45, of Fairborn, was sentenced here today to 24 months in federal prison for government travel card fraud after incurring $15,000 in fraudulent charges. 

January 12, 2010

100-MONTH SENTENCE FOR FORMER WESTERVILLE GIRLS LACROSSE COACH WHO RECEIVED CHILD PORN OVER THE INTERNET
Richard Case Jr., 35, of Westerville, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 100 months in prison for knowingly receiving child pornography over the Internet. After his prison term, he will be placed under court supervision for five years.  

January 11, 2011

PHARMACIST PLEADS GUILTY TO UNLAWFULLY DISTRIBUTING OXYCODONE, STRUCTURING AND FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN
Harold Eugene Fletcher, 42, owner of the East Main Street Pharmacy in Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to illegal distribution of the painkiller, oxycodone.

DAYTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CONCEALING CRIMES IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
Robert L. Hancher, 46, of Dayton pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of misprision of a felony for failing to report criminal activity as part of a mortgage fraud scheme.  

January 07, 2011

GROVE CITY FOOD PANTRY FINANCIAL SECRETARY PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD
Gayle J. Tatman, 59, of Columbus pleaded guilty in United States District Court here to one count of bank fraud for diverting $212,760.65 in donations intended for the Grove City Food Pantry and Emergency Services, Inc. 

SEVENTH PERSON IN MORTGAGE FRAUD CONSPIRACY PLEADS GUILTY
The last of six family members charged with operating a mortgage fraud conspiracy between 2004 and 2009 pleaded guilty in United States District Court. One of their employees has also pleaded guilty to participating in the conspiracy. 

January 06, 2011

TWO FAIRFIELD COUNTY FAMILY MEMBERS SENTENCED FOR ROLES IN MORTGAGE FRAUD
Scott M. Gaib, 38, of Lancaster was sentenced to 18 months in prison and his wife, Erica S. Gaib, 37, also of Lancaster, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for their roles in a mortgage fraud scheme they used to obtain loans in connection with the purchase and refinancing of eight properties in central Ohio.  

FORMER NCFE FUGITIVE’S HUSBAND ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO INVESTIGATORS
Gary Green, 50, the husband of convicted NCFE executive Rebecca Parrett who was a fugitive for more than two years, has been charged in a federal complaint with lying to investigators about contact he had with Parrett while she was at large, including two occasions in which he arranged cash drops of $10,000 to be delivered to her in Mexico.  

OWNER OF CHEEKS GENTLEMEN=S CLUB TO PAY MORE THAN $900 THOUSAND IN RESTITUTION FOR TAX CRIMES
Elbert "Lee" Hale, 68, of Washington Township was ordered to immediately pay $961,271, plus penalties and interest, in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for filing false corporate income tax returns for his business, Cheeks Gentlemen’s Club, 906 Watertower Lane in West Carrollton.  

January 05, 2011

MAN RECEIVES 18-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CONSPIRING TO ROB DRUG DEALERS
Elmo Bailey, 38, of Cincinnati was sentenced in United States District Court here to 18 years in prison for conspiring to rob a Warren County drug dealer in 2009. Bailey is the third and final defendant sentenced in connection with the planned robbery.   

“SUBURBAN BANK ROBBER” SENTENCED TO 140 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR MULTIPLE ROBBERIES
Joseph E. Adams, 40, of Columbus, was sentenced in United States District Court to 140 months imprisonment for robbing three suburban Columbus banks in less than a month early in 2010.   

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