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December 2012

December 12, 2012

COLUMBUS MAN RECEIVES 188-MONTH SENTENCE FOR “SEXPLOITATION” OF A MINOR
Randall V. Roberts, 42, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court here to 188 months in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release for striking up a relationship with a minor online, coercing her into illicit sexual conduct, and threatening to expose her actions if she stopped meeting him.

December 07, 2012

HEROIN TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY CHARGES ANNOUNCED AGAINST SIX IN PORTSMOUTH AND CINCINNATI
A federal grand jury has charged six people with conspiring to transport heroin from Cincinnati to Portsmouth and distribute it from the residence of one of the defendants.

NEW YORK MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON AND BARRED FROM RECEIVING DEFENSE DEPARTMENT CONTRACTS FOR CONTRACT FRAUD
Jerome Rabinowitz, 69, of Great Neck, New York was sentenced in U.S. District Court to four years in prison for selling nonconforming parts to the Department of Defense under a contract to supply electronic components for the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Reactors Program, military aircraft, and weapons systems for submarines.

December 05, 2012

WEST PORTSMOUTH COUPLE SENTENCED FOR OPERATING “PILL MILL” IN WAVERLY
Nancy Sadler, 49, of West Portsmouth, Ohio was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison for operating Ohio Medical and Pain Management, LLC, a “pill mill” in Waverly, Ohio.

 

November 2012

November 16, 2012

KENWOOD MANAGING DIRECTOR INDICTED FOR FRAUD, CONSPIRACY
A federal grand jury has charged Matt Daniels, 48, managing director for Bear Creek Capital, LLC and Kenwood Towne Place, LLC (KTP) with conspiracy and fraud for telling a lender that money was being used to develop Kenwood Towne Place.

FINANCIAL PLANNER CHARGED WITH BILKING MONEY FROM FORMER  NFL PLAYER
A federal grand jury has charged Joshua E. Knisley 38, of Wilmington, Ohio with various federal violations relative to bilking the funds he was entrusted to manage and oversee for his client, a former NFL player.

November 15, 2012

PRIEST INDICTED, ARRESTED, DETAINED FOR INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF A MINOR TO COMMMIT SEX
A federal grand jury has charged Robert Frank Poandl, 71, of Fairfield with one count of transportation of a minor across state lines for illicit purposes.

November 14, 2012

CHARGES ANNOUNCED AGAINST PROMOTER OF CINCINNATI GRAND PRIX
A federal grand jury has charged Curtis Boggs, 54, formerly of Harrison, Ohio, with mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering in connection with a scheme he promoted to bring a Grand Prix race to Cincinnati in 2009.

November 09, 2012

U.S. ATTORNEYS TO HOST INTERSTATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING FOR ALL COUNTY PROSECUTORS IN OHIO
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 will host a three-hour training program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Columbus for all interested city attorneys and county prosecutors, investigators and victim advocates about federal laws that address interstate domestic violence.

November 01, 2012

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS RAISE AWARENESS OF DISASTER FRAUD HOTLINE
The Department of Justice, the FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) remind the public there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

U.S. ATTORNEY CARTER STEWART APPOINTS DISTRICT ELECTION OFFICERS
United States Attorney Carter M. Stewart announced today that he has designated Election Officers in each of the district’s three offices who will lead the efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2012, general elections.

 

October 2012

October 31, 2012

FORMER CHARTER SCHOOLS TREASURER SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLING MONEY FROM SCHOOLS
Carl W. Shye Jr., 57, of New Albany, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 24 months in prison and ordered to repay $472,579.90 in federal funds that he embezzled between 2005 and 2011.

October 26, 2012

DAYTON PAYROLL COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY AND FINANCIAL CRIMES IN $26.7 MILLION SCHEME
Robert R. Sacco, 61, the owner and chairman of the board of Dayton-based Paysource, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here today to defrauding the Internal Revenue Service out of $26,729,098.79.

October 23, 2012

OPERATOR OF $8.9 MILLION PONZI SCHEME RECEIVES 131-MONTH SENTENCE
Jasen Snelling, 48, Cincinnati, was sentenced to 131 months in prison, ordered to pay $5,336,177.78 in restitution to victims and $596,928.69 in restitution to the IRS for his role in an investment scheme that ensnared approximately 72 investors in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 148 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Martin Nathan Ross, 59, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 148 months in prison for possessing child pornography.

October 17, 2012

FAIRBORN MARKET OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO FOOD STAMP FRAUD CONSPIRACY
George J. Daoud, 61, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count each of conspiracy to launder money, unauthorized use of “food stamp” benefits, and theft of public monies as the manager and operator of the Main Express Food Mart in Fairborn, Ohio.

October 11, 2012

FOURTH DEFENDANT PLEADS GUILTY TO ROLE IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR “FOOD STAMP” FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY INVOLVING INNER-CITY GROCERY STORE
The last of four Dayton men charged with using an inner-city retail grocery store to launder money and defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) pleaded guilty.

October 10, 2012

HOME HEALTH CARE AIDE PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED CHILD ENTICEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORN
A Columbus home health care aide, Patrick Mahoney, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to distributing child pornography over the internet and attempting to coerce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.

October 02, 2012

MAIL PROCESSING CLERK INDICTED FOR STEALING GIFT CARDS OUT OF MAIL, ASSAULTING AGENTS
A federal grand jury here today indicted Terrence R. McLean, 37, of Westerville on 71 counts of theft of mail by an employee and 12 counts of receipt of stolen mail, accusing him of stealing cash and gift cards from pieces of mail he was responsible for processing.

October 01, 2012

JURY CONVICTS DAYTON MAN OF ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARM, AMMUNITION
A U.S. District Court jury here has convicted Edward Robinson, 35, of Dayton of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.

 


September 2012

September 28, 2012

LAST OF THREE CONSPIRATORS SENTENCED IN SCHEME TO DEFRAUD THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Edward “Ed” Claude Jones, 55, of West Carrollton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a five-count information charging him with conspiracy, food stamp fraud and tax crimes in connection with two businesses in which he was involved.

CINCINNATI CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR CONVICTED FOR ROLE IN BRIBERY AND EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME
A U.S. District Court jury here has convicted Samuel Mays, 61, of bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, making false statements, and embezzlement from a 401k plan.

September 18, 2012

LAST OF THREE CONSPIRATORS SENTENCED IN SCHEME TO DEFRAUD THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
Larry Lough, 58, of West Chester, Ohio, was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $757,751.13 in restitution to defrauded investors.

September 13, 2012

OWNER OF WESTERVILLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT COMPANY ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $214,000 IN RESTITUTION TO MEDICAID
Paul Brockman, 42, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to one year and one day in prison, and ordered to repay Medicaid $214,018.92 for making false statements on bills he sent to the government insurance program.

FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE FOR DAYTON MAN WHO HAD MORE THAN 300 IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
John Allen Collins, 53, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison for possessing more than 300 images of child pornography, including some that depicted prepubescent minors being subjected to sadistic or masochistic conduct.

September 07, 2012

SEVEN INDICTED FOR CONSPIRING TO USE STOLEN IDENTITIES TO CLAIM MILLIONS IN FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX RETURNS
A federal grand jury has charged seven people including six citizens of Zimbabwe who have lived at one time in or near Cincinnati with using stolen identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

INDIANAPOLIS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ENTICEMENT AND PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Tony R. Fisher, 35, of Indianapolis pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to one count of production of child pornography and one count of coercion of a minor in connection with a trip he made from Indianapolis to Columbus to engage in sexual activity with what he believed to be two young males.

September 06, 2012

FOUR-YEAR SENTENCE FOR MAN WHO BOUGHT GUN FOR ANOTHER TO USE IN HOMICIDE
Colin T. Reedy, 46, Bellingham, Washington was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 48 months in prison, fined $5,000 and ordered to serve 300 hours of community service for buying a gun for another man to use in the murder of a Grove City man.

OWNERS OF HOME HEALTH COMPANY PLEAD GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD
Yasin M. Warsame, 45, Westerville and Amir Abdi Ahmed, 47, Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to billing the Ohio Medicaid Program through their company, Damal Home Care Services, for approximately 1500 skilled nursing home visits that never occurred.

September 04, 2012

OWNER OF CLARK’S AUTO SALES PLEADS GUILTY TO DEALING IN ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVES AND FALSIFYING TAX RETURNS
Earl Clark, 39, of Franklin, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count each of money laundering, dealing in explosives without a license, and willfully filing a false federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), relative to his ownership of Clark’s Auto Sales.




August 2012

August 30, 2012

SEVEN ALLEGED MEMBERS OF WESTWOOD AREA DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION ARRESTED
Teams of local law enforcement officers and federal agents this morning arrested seven people charged in complaints filed in U.S. District Court alleging that they conspired to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.

August 28, 2012

HOME HEALTH AIDE PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD
Demantria “Mindy” Hunt, 47, Dayton, a home health aide who worked for several home health service companies, pleaded guilty to turning in false time sheets that resulted in billing the Ohio Medicaid Program $221,234.22.

August 24, 2012

LEADER OF MULTISTATE MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING AND SHOPLIFTING CONSPIRACIES SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON
Frederick Reed, a.k.a. “Freaky Fred”, 59, Lima, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to ten years in federal prison for leading a marijuana trafficking conspiracy, using the proceeds to buy approximately 100 parcels of real estate in and around Allen County, Ohio.

PORTSMOUTH COUPLE SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING FROM UNION
Marqueeta Tibbs, 33, and her husband Zeffrey Tibbs, 35, both of Portsmouth were sentenced in U.S. District Court today for conspiring to embezzle $84,903.53 from the labor union where Marqueeta Tibbs worked and attempting to blame the crime on the union president.

CANAL WINCHESTER WOMAN SENTENCED FOR INSURANCE FRAUD
Melinda S. Bernard, 25, formerly of Canal Winchester, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to one month in prison, seven months of house arrest followed by three years of supervised release for committing insurance fraud.

ATHENS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Jason L. Hutchinson, 41, of Athens, Ohio pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to one count of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.

August 22, 2012

ADAMS COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
James R. Howard, 22, of Peebles, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison for possessing more than 2,400 images and videos of child pornography depicting violence against children under ten years old.

August 21, 2012

ELEVEN CHARGED WITH INTERSTATE MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
Members of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) today began arresting eight southwest Ohio men and three from Texas who are charged in an 18-count indictment alleging that they conspired to bring hundreds of kilograms of marijuana into the Cincinnati area.

August 20, 2012

JURY CONVICTS NEW YORK MAN OF DEFENSE CONTRACT FRAUD
A United States District Court jury convicted Jerome Rabinowitz, 69, of Great Neck, New York of mail and wire fraud, false claims and money laundering for selling nonconforming parts to the Department of Defense under a contract to supply electronic components.

August 17, 2012

MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED TO 145 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR COERCION OF A MINOR
Herman H. Kamphuis, 44, of Cedar Springs, Michigan has been sentenced to serve 145 months in federal prison for traveling from his home to Columbus, Ohio to have sex with two pre-teen girls.

August 16, 2012

POLICE OFFICER INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED PRODUCTION OF SEXUALLY EXPLICIT CONDUCT OF A MINOR
A federal grand jury here has returned a three-count indictment charging Todd L. Smith, 49, of Columbus with two counts of attempted production of sexually explicit conduct of a minor and one count of coercion of a minor for sexual activity.

August 09, 2012

DAYTON DUO SENTENCED FOR DEADLY ARMED HOME INVASION
Theron E. Lewis aka “T-Streets,” 27, and Keith A. Watson aka “Hooskal King” and “Buck,” 29, both of Dayton, were sentenced in U.S. District Court today to charges stemming from an April 3, 2007 deadly armed home invasion.

CINCINNATI PRIVATE INVESTIGATION COMPANY OWNER SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY, TAX EVASION
The owner and operator of a Cincinnati private investigation company known as Business Intelligence, Inc. (BII), James Simon, 66, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to two years of home confinement as part of a five-year probation.

August 08, 2012

LOCAL INCOME TAX PREPARER SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE CLAIMS FOR INCOME TAX REFUNDS AND THEFT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS
Sylver Gunn, a/k/a “Sylver Karatz”, 27, of Cincinnati was ordered to pay $100,287 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and $18,299 in restitution to the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority relative to filing false claims for fraudulent income tax refunds.

August 07, 2012

TROTWOOD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO OPERATING INTERSTATE STOLEN VEHICLE RING
Kenneth Brown, 46, of Trotwood, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to transport and sell stolen vehicles and commit wire fraud and one count of interstate transportation of stolen vehicles.

August 01, 2012

GREATER CINCINNATI INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES 20-YEAR SENTENCE FOR CHILD PORN DISTRIBUTOR
Timothy M. Fitzpatrick, 37, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison for distributing child pornography after he sent pornographic images to an undercover officer patrolling the Internet.

THREE CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY SELLING FIREARMS
A federal grand jury here has charged Juan A. Mack, 36, of Cincinnati with illegally selling firearms. An accomplice, Herbert Dragon, 33, has been indicted for illegally buying five handguns and transferring them to Mack for re-sale, a process known as “straw purchasing.”




July 2012

July 20, 2012

FEDERAL OFFICIALS CLOSE THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE DEATH OF KYLEN ENGLISH
There is insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against Dayton, Ohio, Police Department (DPD) or Montgomery County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) personnel concerning the death of Kylen English, the Justice Department announced today.

July 13, 2012

OHIO VALLEY COAL COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING CLEAN WATER ACT
The Ohio Valley Coal Company (OVCC) pleaded guilty today before a U.S. Magistrate Judge to criminal violations of the Clean Water Act arising from two coal slurry release incidents that polluted Captina Creek in Belmont County, Ohio. OVCC operates a mining facility in Alledonia, Ohio.

 

FIVE-YEAR SENTENCE FOR COLUMBUS MAN WHO POSSESSED MORE THAN 800 VIDEOS AND 2,000 IMAGES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Ryan C. Driscoll, 28, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison followed by ten years of court supervision after pleading guilty to possessing more than 800 videos and 2,000 images of child pornography.

July 11, 2012

MASON WOMAN ORDERED TO PAY IRS ALMOST $200,000 FOR EMPLOYMENT TAX EVASION
Maria Georgievsky, 55, of Mason, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to six months home incarceration as part of two years’ probation for evading employment taxes she owed for employees of her company, Standard Services, Inc.

July 05, 2012

AUTO DEALERSHIPS AND OWNERS PLEAD GUILTY TO TAX CRIMES
Cincy Imports in Loveland and Cincy Automotive in Morrow and two people involved in the management and operation of the used car dealerships pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here today to helping drug dealers launder money.

July 03, 2012

POSTAL WORKER ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH MAIL THEFT, ASSAULTING AGENTS
Terrence R. McLean, 37, of Westerville has been ordered held without bond following his arrest on charges that he stole mail while working at the U.S. Postal Service’s processing center in Columbus and assaulted two officers when they arrested him.

July 02, 2012

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO “SEXPLOITATION” OF A MINOR
Randall V. Roberts, 41, of Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here today to one count of coercion for using the Internet to attempt to persuade a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. He faces at least ten years and up to life in prison.

WEST PORTSMOUTH WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD
Phyllis Ross, 68, of West Portsmouth, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to one count of making false statements in order to receive Social Security benefits.


June 2012

June 28, 2012

HAMILTON MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARMS
A federal grand jury here has indicted Fabinn Woodson, 34, of Hamilton of illegally possessing a firearm because he has multiple prior felony convictions. If convicted, he faces at least 15 years and up to life in prison.

OPERATORS OF $8.9 MILLION PONZI SCHEME PLEAD GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES
Jasen Snelling, 48, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jerry Smith, 50, of Brookville, Indiana, have each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of obstruction of justice.

June 26, 2012

FORMER TEACHER RECEIVES 15-YEAR SENTENCE FOR
POSSESSION AND TRANSPORTATION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Ryan Fahrenkamp, 43, of Mason was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison, followed by court supervision for the rest of his life, for accessing child pornography websites using a laptop computer that belonged to the school.

June 25, 2012

FORMER STATE TROOPER SENTENCED FOR FRAUD, WITNESS TAMPERING
Benjamin W. Richardson, 47, of Powell, and a former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to a total of 50 months in prison for participating in a mortgage fraud conspiracy, committing bankruptcy fraud, and tampering with a witness.

June 21, 2012

FORMER CHARTER SCHOOLS TREASURER PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING FEDERAL FUNDS
Carl W. Shye Jr., 57, of New Albany, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of embezzlement from a program receiving federal funds, admitting that he illegally took $472,579.90 in federal funds.

June 07, 2012

UNION PRESIDENT SENTENCED TO 51 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLING MORE THAN $750,000 IN UNION FUNDS
Diana Frey, 52, the elected president of a labor union representing approximately 800 employees of the City of Cincinnati (Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees or CODE),was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 51 months in prison.


May 2012

May 29, 2012

WEST CARROLLTON DRUG DEALER RECEIVES TEN-YEAR SENTENCE
Charles Moore, 41, West Carrollton was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to ten years in federal prison, and was ordered to be under court supervision for the rest of his life, for buying bulk quantities of crack cocaine and heroin and selling it to drug addicts.

May 24, 2012

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY OWNER INDICTED FOR $3.6 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD
A federal grand jury here has returned a seven-count indictment charging Kevin D. Hightower, 42, of Reynoldsburg with defrauding lenders out of approximately $3,592,099.32 in mortgage loans in connection with 38 Columbus properties.

May 23, 2012

NINE-YEAR SENTENCE FOR COLUMBUS MAN FOR RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Okey Belcher, 29, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 108 months in prison for knowingly receiving visual images of child pornography.

May 22, 2012

JURY CONVICTS COUPLE OF OPERATING A “PILL MILL” IN WAVERLY, OHIO
A U.S. District Court jury has convicted a West Portsmouth, Ohio couple of operating Ohio Medical and Pain Management, LLC, in Waverly, Ohio as a continuing criminal enterprise, a crime punishable by at least 20 years and up to life imprisonment.

May 17, 2012

FORMER CHARTER SCHOOLS TREASURER CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLING FEDERAL FUNDS
Carl W. Shye Jr., 57, of New Albany, Ohio was charged with embezzling more than $470,000 in federal funds between 2005 and 2011 while serving as treasurer for a number of community schools in Ohio.

OWNERS OF PAIN CLINICS IN DAYTON AND SCIOTO COUNTY ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
A federal grand jury has returned an 11-count indictment against John Randy Callihan, 54, of West Portsmouth, Ohio and Christopher Stegawski, 62, of Cleveland alleging that they operated “pill mills” in Dayton, Lucasville and South Point, Ohio.

May 14, 2012

MEIGS COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO “SEXTORTION”
Charles J. Estep, 28, of Shade, Ohio pleaded guilty to breaking into two acquaintances’ social media sites, threatening one of the victims because of comments she had posted online.

May 10, 2012

PIQUA MAN SENTENCED TO 12 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Daniel Furrow, 40, of Piqua, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 12 months and one day in prison for having approximately 130 visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct on his personal computer.

May 09, 2012

MASON MAN RECEIVES 80-YEAR SENTENCE FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Andrew Faires Keith, 29, of Mason, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 80 years in prison for taking sexually explicit photographs of two children less than nine years old who were in day care at his mother’s house and trading the images over the internet.

May 08, 2012

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO RETURN $24 MILLION TO VICTIMS OF BERKELEY NUTRACEUTICAL FRAUD
The U.S. Department of Justice has released approximately $24 million for remission payments to victims nationwide who purchased “sexual enhancement” and other nutritional products from Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Inc.

May 07, 2012

OWNER OF WESTERVILLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIER PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD
Paul Brockman, 42, of Columbus pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements involving health care by fraudulently billing Medicaid $214,018.92. Brockman owned Midwest Medical Equipment, which was headquartered in Westerville, Ohio.

May 04, 2012

CENTERVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO $1.4 MILLION COUPON FRAUD SCHEME
Ali A. Jaber aka “Jack Sal”, 51, of Centerville, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to four counts of mail fraud in connection with a coupon fraud scheme he operated through his Dayton-based business.

FORMER OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY QUARTERBACK SENTENCED TO 127 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR FRAUDULENT TICKET SALES INVESTMENT SCHEME
Arthur E. Schlichter, 51, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 127 months imprisonment for defrauding 55 investors out of approximately $2.15 million through a ticket resale business he claimed he was operating.

May 02, 2012

GRAND JURY INDICTS DUO INVOLVED IN ATTEMPTED SPRINGBORO BANK ROBBERY
A federal grand jury has charged Anton Jevon Alexander, 35, of Indianapolis and Anthony Marquette Phillips, 43, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, with attempted armed bank robbery.

HOME HEALTH CARE AIDE PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED CHILD ENTICEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORN
A Columbus home health care aide, Patrick Mahoney, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to distributing child pornography over the internet and attempting to coerce a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.

 

April 2012

April 20, 2012

CONVENIENCE STORE OWNER TO PAY $30,000, SERVE 6 MONTHS HOME CONFINEMENT FOR FOOD STAMP FRAUD, CONSPIRACY, TRAFFICKING IN COUNTERFEIT GOODS
Jody L. Jones, 53, of Dayton was sentenced in U.S. District Court to pay a $30,000 money judgment and serve 180 days of home confinement as punishment for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods.

April 19, 2012

SIX DOCTORS AND OWNER OF THREE PAIN CLINICS INDICTED FOR ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
A federal grand jury has indicted the owner of three pain clinics in Ohio and six of the doctors he hired to satisfy the demand for the illegal diversion of prescription drugs in central and southern Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

April 17, 2012

MIDDLETOWN MAN SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL GUN SALES
Joshua A. Huiet, 27, of Middletown was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 24 months imprisonment, followed by three years of court-supervised release for illegally selling six firearms in Cincinnati.

April 12, 2012

GUN VIOLENCE TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN CHARGES AGAINST FOUR PEOPLE ACCUSED OF ILLEGALLY SELLING FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION
An investigation by a multi-agency task force has resulted in three indictments charging four people with illegally selling almost 50 firearms, including a machine gun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

April 11, 2012

ATHENS MAN INDICTED FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A federal grand jury has charged Jason L. Hutchinson, 41, of Athens with two counts of producing child pornography. Each count is punishable by at least 15 years and up to 30 years in prison.

April 09, 2012

DUBLIN MORTGAGE BROKER SENTENCED TO 24 MONTHS IN PORTSMOUTH MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
Andrew Hill, 34, of Dublin, was sentenced in U.S. District Court here today to 24 months in prison 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.

April 05, 2012

REAL ESTATE BROKER AND LOAN OFFICER CHARGED WITH MORTGAGE FRAUD
A federal grand jury here has returned a nine-count indictment charging Ronald L. Byrd, a real estate broker employed by Envestmint Realty, Inc. of Huber Heights, and Scott W. Brauer, a mortgage loan officer and real estate salesman.

CINCINNATI PHARMACEUTICAL DISTRIBUTOR TO PAY $320,000 FOR FAILING TO GUARD AGAINST DIVERSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
KeySource Medical, Inc., a Cincinnati-based wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical drugs, has agreed to pay $320,000 to resolve potential civil claims of the United States against them for failing to meet their obligations to have an adequate diversion program under the Controlled Substances Act.

April 04, 2012

LOCAL INCOME TAX PREPARER PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FALSE CLAIMS FOR INCOME TAX REFUNDS AND THEFT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS
Sylver Gunn, a/k/a “Sylver Karatz”, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of filing false claims for fraudulent income tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and one count of theft of government funds.

FOUR INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SMUGGLING MARIJUANA INSIDE HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT
A federal grand jury has charged four men in an indictment alleging that they conspired to smuggle almost a ton of marijuana hidden inside highway construction equipment.

April 03, 2012

CINCINNATI MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ROLE IN BANK FRAUD CONSPIRACY
David Kellner, 45, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud for his role in a scheme with a college friend and the friend’s brother who lived in Arizona to defraud Huntington Bank in Cincinnati.

 

March 2012

March 29, 2012

MASON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMPLOYMENT TAX EVASION
Maria Georgievsky, 54, of Mason, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion relative to willfully attempting to evade and defeat employment taxes (federal income tax withholdings and Federal Insurance Contribution Act taxes).

March 28, 2012

THIRD CONSPIRATOR PLEADS GUILTY IN SCHEME TO DEFRAUD THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
James Jackson, 68, of Cincinnati, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy with two others to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by evading the assessment and collection of personal income taxes.

March 22, 2012

WILLIAMSPORT WOMAN SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLING $300,000 FROM VETERANS
Christina G. Lynn, 41, of Williamsport was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 27 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised released and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $305,126.72.

MULTI-AGENCY INVESTIGATION LEADS TO INDICTMENT OF FOUR ON CHARGES OF BENEFITS FRAUD, CONSPIRACY, MONEY LAUNDERING
A federal grand jury has charged four Dayton men with conspiring to defraud the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other related crimes through a Dayton grocery store and restaurant they owned and operated.

March 21, 2012

COLUMBUS MAN INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED CHILD EXPLOITATION
A federal grand jury has charged Patrick Mahoney, 34, of Columbus in a six-count indictment alleging that he attempted to arrange a sexual liaison with a 15 year-old girl in order to produce child pornography.

March 16, 2012

CINCINNATI MEN SENTENCED FOR PASSING MORE THAN $33,000 IN COUNTERFEIT $100 BILLS
Randy Washington Jr., 25, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for printing and conspiring to distribute approximately $33,100 in counterfeit $100 bills in the Cincinnati area between 2010 and June 2011.

March 15, 2012

13-YEAR SENTENCE FOR MAN WHO ROBBED POSTAL CARRIER
Lamar L. Morris, 31, of Columbus was sentenced to 13 years in prison for holding a postal carrier at gunpoint while looking for drugs he thought the carrier was delivering.

CONVICTED COCAINE DISTRIBUTOR SENTENCED TO 16 YEARS IN PRISON
German Roman-Oliver, 39, of Galloway, was sentenced to 192 months in federal prison following his conviction of conspiring to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine in the Columbus area between the summer of 2007 and February 2011.

March 14, 2012

MICHIGAN MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A MINOR
Herman H. Kamphuis, 43, of Cedar Springs, Michigan is in federal custody, charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a minor for unlawful sexual activity, after he traveled from his home to Columbus to have sex with two pre-teen girls.

CLINIC MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT
Donnie Jay Thomas, 30, of Burlington, Kentucky has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a pain management clinic he managed and received a percentage of its earnings between June 2008 and February 2010.

March 09, 2012

FORMER BUTLER COUNTY COMMISSIONER SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR FRAUD, TAX CRIMES
Former Butler County Commission President Michael A. Fox was sentenced in United States District Court to 48 months in prison for accepting approximately $460,000 in bribes and kickbacks from a lawyer who owned a company doing business with Butler County.

March 06, 2012

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER RECEIVES MAXIMUM 20-YEAR SENTENCE FOR
POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

William Lee Allen Jr., 41, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 240 months in prison, the maximum allowed under federal law for possession of child pornography, and ordered to be placed under court supervision for the rest of his life.

FINANCIAL PLANNER SENTENCED TO 41 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR  STEALING MORE THAN $2 MILLION FROM CLIENTS
Financial planner and investment advisor Elliot Kravitz, 54, of Mason, Ohio was sentenced in United States District Court to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay approximately $1,758,913.05 in restitution.

March 02, 2012

MORROW COUNTY COUPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO GROWING MARIJUANA
A Morrow County couple has admitted to growing marijuana at their rural Fredericktown home. Corrina Roush, 41, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to cultivation of more than 100 plants.

SIBLING TAX PREPARERS SENTENCED IN FRAUDULENT TAX RETURN SCHEME
Sherrel D. Smith, 42, of Columbus was sentenced here today to one year and one day in prison on charges of aiding and assisting in the preparation and filing of false federal income tax returns.

March 01, 2012

SECOND MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HIS ROLE IN ARMED CARJACKING
Jakova K. James-Sims, 20, of Dayton was sentenced in U.S. District Court here today to 120 months in prison for his role in an armed carjacking thwarted by FBI agents in December 2010.



February 2012

February 28, 2012

CINCINNATI PRIVATE INVESTIGATION COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY, TAX EVASION
The owner and operator of a Cincinnati private investigation company known as Business Intelligence, Inc. (BII), James Simon, 66, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of tax evasion and one count of conspiracy for skimming more than $1 million from the company in order to avoid paying taxes.

February 27, 2012

DAYTON DUO PLEAD GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES IN DEADLY ARMED HOME INVASION
Theron E. Lewis aka “T-Streets,” 26, and Keith A. Watson aka “Hooskal King” and “Buck,” 29, both of Dayton, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to charges stemming from an April 3, 2007 deadly armed home invasion of a West Dayton residence that resulted in the shooting death of a 52-year old man.

February 23, 2012

DAYTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULTING AN OFFICER, CONSPIRACY, DRUG AND TAX CRIMES
Charles D. Warren, 37, of Dayton pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to running his car into a car driven by a federal task force officer trying to arrest him for gun charges after a traffic stop in west Dayton in July 2011.

February 17, 2012

30-YEAR SENTENCE FOR WHITEHALL MAN FOR RECEIPT AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
William H. Conner, 49, of Whitehall was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 360 months in prison following his conviction on four counts of receipt and one count of possession of child pornography.

February 16, 2012

THREE CHARGED WITH FOOD STAMP FRAUD CONSPIRACY
A federal grand jury has charged George J. Daoud, 61, his wife, Lama Daoud, 43, both of Washington Township, and Nicholas G. Butcher, 53, of Fairborn, with conspiring to commit food stamp fraud through the Main Express Food Mart they owned and operated in Fairborn, Ohio.

SPRINGFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN
James M. Goodman, 44, of Springfield was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 180 months in prison for using the Internet to try and arrange to take sexually explicit photographs of young girls.

February 14, 2012

CHICAGO PHYSICIAN RECEIVES FOUR LIFE SENTENCES FOR ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTING PILLS THAT LED TO DEATHS OF FOUR PEOPLE
Chicago physician Paul H. Volkman was sentenced in U.S. District Court to four consecutive terms of life imprisonment for illegally prescribing and dispensing pain pills outside the scope of a legitimate medical practice that resulted in the deaths of four people between 2003 and 2005.

February 13, 2012

FORMER STATE TROOPER PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD, WITNESS TAMPERING
Former Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Benjamin W. Richardson, 46, of Powell, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to an eight-count indictment charging him with mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and witness tampering.

February 06, 2012

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Okey Belcher, 28, of Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of knowingly receiving visual images of child pornography.

OWNER AND EMPLOYEE OF COLUMBUS PAIN CLINICS SENTENCED TO 144 MONTHS FOR ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTING THOUSANDS OF PAIN PILLS 
Danette M. Hawthorne, 49, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court here today to 144 months in prison for distributing prescriptions for the equivalent of more than 11,000 dosages of pain medicine without a legitimate medical need


January 2012

January 30, 2012

XENIA MAN SENTENCED TO 78 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Kenneth Brewer, 68, of Xenia, was sentenced in United States District Court here Friday to 78 months imprisonment for possession of child pornography.

January 27, 2012

THREE OHIOANS INDICTED IN CONSPIRACYTO DEFRAUD THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
A federal grand jury has charged three women from Dayton with conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by using stolen identities belonging to mentally disabled adults in order to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds of approximately $170,000 between March 2008 and March 2009.

January 26, 2012

DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO 32 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR TAX FRAUD
Rickie S. Rutledge, 55, of Dayton, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to 32 months imprisonment in a tax fraud scheme that involved preparing false tax returns to obtain fraudulent refunds in the names of other taxpayers.

CINCINNATI MAN RECEIVES 37-MONTH SENTENCE FOR SELLING MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN COUNTERFEIT FINANCIAL AND TAX PREPARATION SOFTWARE
Brandon C. Davis, 31, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 37 months in federal prison for selling more than $1 million worth of counterfeit financial and tax preparation software through an internet auction site

January 25, 2012

20-YEAR SENTENCE FOR BRINKS BURGLARY MASTERMIND
Sean D. Murphy, aka Brian Heatherman, age 47, of Lynn, Massachusetts of was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 240 months in prison for masterminding and carrying out the January 18, 2009 burglary of a Brinks facility in Columbus.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR ACCEPTING BRIBES
David T. Mersch, 57, the former operations manager for the Cincinnati offices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for accepting bribes.

OHIO MAN CONVICTED OF LACEY ACT VIOLATION FOR SELLING ILLEGAL MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTS
Bruce M. Haffner, 46, of Brookville, Ohio, pleaded guilty today to violating the Lacey Act by selling migratory birds which were hunted illegally

January 18, 2012

15-YEAR SENTENCE FOR DAYTON DRUG DEALER
Calilin Jemiz Grant, 33, of Dayton was sentenced in United States District Court to 180 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy that brought cocaine from Mexico and Georgia and distributed it in the Miami Valley. 

January 09, 2012

LOCAL GOLF COURSE DEVELOPER GETS 18-MONTH SENTENCE FOR BANKRUPTCY FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING
Golf course and real estate developer Michael R. Macke, 61, of Cincinnati was ordered to pay $471,462.70 in restitution to the bankruptcy trustee for fraud contained in his $35 million bankruptcy filing

PHARMACIST SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGAL DISTRIBUTION OF OXYCODONE, STRUCTURING AND FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN
Harold Eugene Fletcher, 43, owner of the East Main Street Pharmacy in Columbus, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 24 months in prison for illegally distributing the painkiller oxycodone.  

January 05, 2012

CINCINNATI REAL ESTATE AGENT PLEADS GUILTY TO $6.9 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD
Rodney T. Riddle, 44, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to submitting fraudulent mortgage loan applications to secure $6,971,870 from lending institutions as part of a mortgage fraud scheme.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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