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December 2013

December 20, 2013

FOURTEEN CHARGED IN ALLEGED STEUBENVILLE HEROIN TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
An ongoing investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement in Steubenville and Jefferson County, Ohio has led to the indictment of six people on federal drug trafficking and gun charges that are punishable by at least 15 years in prison. Eight others have been charged by a Jefferson County grand jury. 

December 20, 2013

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TRANSFERS DAYTON PROPERTY TO OASIS HOUSE AS PART OF OPERATION GOODWILL
U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart and Acting U.S. Marshal Pat Sedoti of the Southern District of Ohio hosted an event this morning signifying the transfer of ownership of a property seized as part of a federal criminal case that will now be used as a safe house for women trying to escape prostitution and the sex industry.

December 19, 2013

MICHIGAN MAN LIVING IN SIDNEY, OHIO SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER
Jerald Richard Alm, 29, formerly of Crystal Falls, Michigan, was sentenced in United States District Court here today to a year 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 five years.

December 19, 2013

LIMA DEMOLITION COMPANY OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR IMPROPER HANDLING OF ASBESTOS DURING DEMOLITION OF PIQUA MEDICAL CENTER
Lamont P. Pryor, 47, of Lima, Ohio was sentenced to 13 months in prison for violating the Clean Air Act in connection with his company’s handling of asbestos during the demolition of the former Piqua Medical Center in 2008. 

December 19, 2013

PAIR PLEADS GUILTY TO $4.4 MILLION FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX REFUND SCHEME
Jose Luis Martinez, 47, of Columbus, Ohio, and Mercedes Emelinda-Silie, 41, of Grove City, Ohio both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by filing false claims for federal income tax refunds.  Martinez also pleaded guilty to one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. The total tax loss in this case is approximately $4,415,492.58.  Martinez and Silie each face a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000

December 18, 2013

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED TO 44 YEARS IN PRISON FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING AND GUN CRIMES
Jack A. Morris, 38, of Columbus was sentenced to 44 years in prison for operating a drug trafficking organization and using violence to protect his drug trade.

December 18, 2013

SIBLINGS SENTENCED FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF REYNOLDSBURG JEWELRY STORE
Darnell J. Harris, 26, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, was sentenced to 171 months in prison and his sister, Mariah Harris, 20, was sentenced to 108 months in prison for committing a takeover style armed robbery of a Reynoldsburg jewelry store in May, 2012. They were also ordered to pay $58,519.31 in restitution to the business, the victims and the business’s insurance company.

December 17, 2013

FORMER POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIPT OF CHILD PORN
Stewart A. Miller, 48, of Sunbury, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of receipt of child pornography. Miller was a Columbus police officer, prior to his recent resignation.

December 11, 2013

TWENTY-TWO CHARGED IN ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
A year-long investigation into an alleged drug trafficking organization in central Ohio has resulted in a 78-count indictment charging 21 people with conspiracy, drug trafficking and gun crimes. Another individual is charged in a separate eight-count indictment.

December 6, 2013

MARIETTA INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES, INC. AGREES TO PAY $50,000 FOR VIOLATING CLEAN AIR ACT
Marietta Industrial Enterprises, Inc. (MIE) has agreed to pay a $37,500 fine and make a $12,500 community service payment after pleading guilty to a felony charge of failing to report violations of the company’s permit in connection with its mineral processing operation. Company president William Scott Elliott pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory after the fact for failing to notify Ohio Environmental Protection Agency of the violations. 

December 5, 2013

PRISON AND RESTITUTION ORDERED FOR FAIRBORN MARKET OWNER WHO ILLEGALLY ACCEPTED FOOD STAMP BENEFITS
George J. Daoud, 65, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 14 months in prison and ordered to repay the government $131,000 for illegally swapping “food stamps” for ineligible items including drug paraphernalia and a car as the owner of the Main Express Food Mart in Fairborn, Ohio. Daoud also committed unemployment insurance fraud against the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services by claiming he was not working when he was in fact running a business enterprise. 

December 5, 2013

THREE DAYTON FAMILY MEMBERS PLEAD GUILTY TO IMMIGRATION AND FIREARMS VIOLATIONS
Two members of a Dayton family have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to charges connected to their attempts to gain U.S. citizenship. A third family member admitted to illegal possession of a firearm.

November 2013

November 22, 2013

BLANCHESTER MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD EXPLOITATION
Stewart Matthew Kidwell, 36, of Blanchester, Ohio was arrested today on charges that he sought someone online to rape a four-year old family member while he watched, and that he distributed child pornography through a social media website.

November 22, 2013

OWNER OF HOME IMPROVEMENT COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD
Terrance J. King, 46, of Columbus pleaded guilty to charges that he defrauded homeowners, businesses, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in connection with a home improvement repair company he operated.

November 15, 2013

PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGIST PLEADS GUILTY TO ACCESSING CHILD PORN
Christopher E. Pelloski, MD, 39, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of accessing child pornography.

November 14, 2013

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO DEFRAUD FEDERALLY FUNDED TUTORING PROGRAM
Ashkir Ali, 46, of Columbus pleaded guilty today to defrauding the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplemental Education Services Program by billing two area school districts more than $100,000 for tutoring sessions that were never provided.

November 14, 2013

WEST VIRGINIA WOMAN SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLING $1 MILLION FROM CINCINNATI COMPANY
Melissa Trenary Grove, 41, of Bunker Hill, West Virginia was sentenced to 27 months in prison for embezzling more than $1 million from her employer in Cincinnati.

November 13, 2013

DISBARRED CANADIAN ATTORNEY SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS FOR UNCLAIMED FUNDS FRAUD SCHEME HE RAN IN CINCINNATI
L. Gino Boggia, 63, of Quebec, Canada was sentenced to 60 months in prison for engaging in a scheme to defraud a local bank in connection with dormant bank account funds. 

November 6, 2013

HILLIARD WOMAN SENTENCED TO 5-1/2 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ROLE IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEMES
Deborah L. Kistner, 50, Hilliard, Ohio was sentenced to 66 months in prison, five years of supervised release and ordered to repay victims $9,644,601.84 for deceiving lenders while securing fraudulent real estate loans in three different conspiracies between July 2006 and July 2010.

November 5, 2013

JURY CONVICTS LAS VEGAS MAN FOR HEROIN TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
A U.S. District Court jury in Columbus, Ohio convicted Jaime Ruiz-Montes, 43, of Las Vegas, Nevada for his role in a heroin trafficking organization operating in central Ohio.

November 1, 2013

20-YEAR SENTENCE FOR XENIA MAN WHO DISTRIBUTED CHILD PORN
Brian Rohrback, 29, of Xenia, Ohio was sentenced to 240 months in prison and will be under court supervision for the rest of his life for coercing teenage boys and for sharing pornographic images and videos through a file-sharing site on the internet.

 

October 2013

October 31, 2013

CENTRAL OHIO SUPPLIER OF “MOUNTAIN OF MARIJUANA” SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 11 YEARS IN PRISON
A Columbus, Ohio man was sentenced Thursday to 135 months  in federal prison for his role as a supplier in a large-scale drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracy that was targeted and dismantled by the Central Ohio HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Drug Task Force.

October 31, 2013

FAIRBORN MAN RECEIVES 78-MONTH SENTENCE FOR INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION FOR PURPOSE OF ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Thuron L. Hammersley, 44, of Fairborn, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 78 months in federal prison for transporting an individual from Ohio to Kentucky for purposes of engaging in prostitution, in violation of the “Mann Act.”

October 23, 2013

TWO CHARGED WITH PLACING “SKIMMER” ON SPRINGDALE ATM TO STEAL BANK CARD INFORMATION
A federal grand jury has indicted Dimitar Angelov, 28 and Dimitar Kolev, 26, both of Chicago, for placing an electronic scanning receiver, known as a “skimmer”, and a hidden camera on an ATM at a Springdale, Ohio bank in order to steal account information of customers using the ATM.

October 21, 2013

LOGAN COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH SALES OF STOLEN CONSTRUCTION EQUPMENT
Todd Allen Lamb, 39, of Bellefontaine, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to selling stolen construction equipment, including selling equipment to more than one buyer.

October 17, 2013

RETIRED UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
James Uphoff, 76, of Oakwood, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of possession of child pornography following an investigation that began when employees of Wright State University found questionable material on a printer and copy machine on campus.

September 2013

September 26, 2013

TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO ROBBING HEBRON GUN STORE
Charles H. Morrison III, 25, of Columbus, Ohio and James Allen Banks, 23, of Marion, Ohio have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to burglarizing a gun store in Hebron, Ohioand stealing 18 guns on March 20, 2013.

September 20, 2013

JURY CONVICTS PRIEST OF ILLEGAL INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF A MINOR
A U.S. District Court jury has convicted Robert Frank Poandl, 72, of Fairfield, Ohio of one count of interstate transportation of a minor for illicit purposes, a federal law known as the Mann Act.

September 19, 2013

FORMER BANK BRANCH MANAGER PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT, MONEY LAUNDERING AND INCOME TAX FRAUD CHARGES
Diane Elizabeth Niehaus, 40, of Beavercreek, Ohio pleaded guilty to one count each of embezzlement, money laundering, and filing a false income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for her scheme to embezzle thousands of dollars from the accounts of customers of the branch bank she managed in Centerville, Ohio.

September 13, 2013

FORMER COLUMBUS URBAN LEAGUE OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT
Ovell Harrison, 55, of Columbus, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in connection with his position as Director of Education Services at the Columbus Urban League between 2004 and 2010.

September 12, 2013

“BAD BEARD BANDIT” PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBING EIGHT AREA BANKS
Kenneth J. Horsley, 54, of Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbing seven Columbus-area banks and one bank in Beavercreek, Ohio between June 2012 and March 2013. Investigators dubbed Horsley the “Bad Beard Bandit” because in all but one robbery he wore a fake beard.

September 10, 2013

PATASKALA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEITING
Joshua M. Guyselman, 29, of Pataskala, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of manufacturing counterfeit U.S. $100 bills.

September 10, 2013

SIBLINGS PLEAD GUILTY TO ARMED ROBBERY OF REYNOLDSBURG JEWELRY STORE
Darnell J. Harris, 26, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to committing a takeover style armed robbery of a Reynoldsburg jewelry store in May, 2012 with his sister as an accomplice.

September 6, 2013

FORMER OHIO EDUCATION OFFICIAL SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
John T. Childs, 48, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced to six months in prison followed by five years under court supervision, for possessing eleven images of child pornography stored on his home computer. Childs was also ordered to register as a sex offender and allow the court to install monitoring software on his computer. Childs is the former chief financial officer of the Ohio Department of Education.


August 2013

August 29, 2013

TEACH-TEC OWNER PLEADS GUILTY IN EMPLOYMENT TAX FRAUD AND OBSTRUCTION CASE
John H. Gregory, 57, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio pleaded guilty to one count of failing to account for and pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to one count of obstruction of federal investigations.  The total tax loss in this case is approximately $1,136,292.34.  Gregory faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

August 29, 2013

WESTERVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Jason C. Grossman, 31, of Westerville, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of receipt of child pornography, a crime punishable by at least five years and up to 20 years in prison.

August 28, 2013

TWENTY-MONTH SENTENCE FOR WESTERVILLE JEWELRY STORE OWNER FOR TAX EVASION
Elie J. Hannoush, 41, of Westerville, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 12 months and one day in prison followed by eight months of home confinement and ordered to pay $91,140.46 in restitution to the IRS for failing to report income he received from the jewelry stores he owns, Farah Jewelers, from 2005 through 2008.

August 28, 2013

DAYTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BEING AN ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL
Mickey Allen Fugate, Jr, 40, of Dayton, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of interference with commerce by threats or violence (Hobbs Act) and one count of possession of a firearm following three or more violent felony convictions, (Armed Career Criminal Act). If the court accepts the terms of the plea agreement, Fugate will serve at least 20 and up to 30 years in prison.

August 27, 2013

TRIO PLEADS GUILTY TO FILING FRAUDULENT CLAIMS FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX REFUNDS
Saleen M. Nolan, 26 of Dayton, Ohio pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Nolan faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

August 22, 2013

MILFORD REALTOR CHARGED WITH RUNNING $15 MILLION INVESTMENT FRAUD SCHEME
A federal grand jury has charged Brenda Ashcraft, 43, of Milford, Ohio, with defrauding investors of at least $15 million between 2009 and 2013 in a scheme to purchase and sell real estate through real estate investment trusts known as REITs.

August 22, 2013

REAL ESTATE BUSINESS OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
Antonio Weathers, 42, of Cincinnati, Ohio was sentenced to 17 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme involving several mortgage lenders that were defrauded as a result of falsified loan documents submitted for purchases of multiple Cincinnati-area properties.

August 20, 2013

BLANCHESTER MAN CONVICTED OF SELLING FIREARMS TO FELON
Christopher Bradley, 38, of Blanchester, Ohio was convicted by a federal court jury in Cincinnati of two counts of selling firearms to a felon.

August 15, 2013

FOURTEEN-YEAR SENTENCE FOR DARKE COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF RECEIPT AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Richard Trepanier, 40, of Gettysburg, Ohio was sentenced to 168 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography in a case that began with an undercover investigation by Australian law enforcement.

August 9, 2013

WHITEHALL WOMAN RECEIVES FOUR-YEAR SENTENCE FOR USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO COMMIT BENEFITS FRAUD
Audrey Costar, 46, of Whitehall, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Columbus to 48 months in prison for using 50 stolen identities to file for unemployment benefits in eight states over three years. She was also ordered to repay $78,674 she received illegally.

August 8, 2013

FAIRBORN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INTERSTATE TRANSPORTION FOR PURPOSE OF ILLEGAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Thuron L. Hammersley, 44, of Fairborn, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of transporting an individual from Ohio to Kentucky for purposes of engaging in prostitution.  He also admitted enticing a woman to travel from Kentucky to Ohio also to engage in prostitution and obstructing the investigation into his activities.

August 8, 2013

25-YEAR SENTENCE FOR MIAMI COUNTY MAN WHO PRODUCTED SEXUALLY EXPLICIT VIDEOS OF CHILDREN HE BABYSAT
Kevin Dwayne Todd, 42, of Ludlow Falls, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 300 months in prison for producing sexually explicit videos of pre-pubescent children he babysat and offering online to trade the videos. Todd will be under court supervision for the rest of his life.

August 8, 2013

DEMOLITION COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO VIOLATING CLEAN AIR ACT
Lamont P. Pryor, 47, of Lima, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating the Clean Air Act in connection with his company’s handling of asbestos during the demolition of the former Piqua Medical Center in 2008.

August 7, 2013

GRAND JURY RETURNS 10-COUNT INDICTMENT AGAINST SPINE SURGEON ALLEGING HEALTH CARE FRAUD
A federal grand jury returned a ten-count indictment against Abubakar Atiq Durrani, 44, Mason, Ohio alleging that, beginning in 2009, he convinced patients to undergo medically unnecessary spinal surgeries then billed private and public healthcare benefit programs millions of dollars for the fraudulent services.

August 2, 2013

COLUMBUS MAN CONVICTED OF GUN AND DRUG CRIMES
A U.S. District Court jury in Columbus, Ohio convicted Jack A. Morris, 37, of Columbus of gun and drug trafficking crimes. Morris faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years.

August 2, 2013

UNION COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO FOUR YEARS IN PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Todd R. German, 51, of Richwood, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 48 months in prison for possessing more than 10,000 images and 200 videos of child pornography. German was a fire service instructor at the Delaware Career Center.

 

July 2013

July 30, 2013

ARIZONA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MOVING MONEY AND MARIJUANA BETWEEN OHIO, ARIZONA AND MEXICO
Mohamed Keisar, 36, of Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and to one count of unlawfully operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Keisar faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison and up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $5 million.

July 25, 2013

SPINE SURGEON ARRESTED ON CHARGES HE PERFORMED UNNECESSARY SURGERIES AND BILLED HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS
Federal and state health care fraud investigators arrested Abubakar Atiq Durrani, 44, Mason, Ohio today based on a federal complaint alleging that the doctor convinced patients to undergo medically unnecessary spinal surgeries and billing public and private health care benefit programs millions of dollars for the surgeries.

July 24, 2013

PEDIATRIC ONGOLOGIST CHARGED WITH RECEIVING CHILD PORN
Christopher E. Pelloski, MD, 39, of Upper Arlington, Ohio, turned himself in to law enforcement authorities today after a federal complaint was filed charging him with downloading child pornography.

July 18, 2013

LOGAN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SECRETLY VIDEO RECORDING YOUNG CHILDREN IN HIS HOUSE AND SWAPPING IMAGES FOR CHILD PORN
Mickell E. Close, 32, of Quincy, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 300 months in prison for recording nude images of three young children in his house and exchanging them on the Internet for images of child pornography.

July 18, 2013

MARYSVILLE MAN RECEIVES 25-YEAR SENTENCE FOR COERCING A MINOR TO ENGAGE IN UNLAWFUL SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Justin Stewart Mote, 33, of Marysville was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 300 months in prison for coercing or enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. Mote will also be under court supervision for the rest of his life.

July 12, 2013

JURY CONVICTS CANAL WINCHESTER MAN OF FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN
A U.S. District Court jury here has convicted William David Taylor, Sr., 50, of Canal Winchester, Ohio of two counts of filing false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

July 11, 2013

TEN-YEAR SENTENCE FOR DAYTON MAN WHO VIEWED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY WHILE A PATIENT AT VA MEDICAL CENTER
Charles Edward Suttles, 56, of Dayton has been sentenced to 120 months in prison for viewing sexually explicit images of minor children while he was a patient at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton. Suttles was also sentenced to be under court supervision for the rest of his life.

July 2, 2013

COLUMBUS MAN SENTENCED TO 72 MONTHS IN MARIJUANA AND COCAINE DISTRIBUTION CASE
James E. Johnston, a/k/a “Monk,” 50, of Columbus was sentenced to 72 months in prison, five years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, and ordered to forfeit three real estate properties located in Columbus for his role in distributing marijuana and cocaine in the Columbus, Ohio area.

June 2013

June 28, 2013

EIGHT-YEAR SENTENCE FOR FORMER COLUMBUS POLICE OFFICER GUILTY OF SEXUAL COERCION OF MINORS
Todd L. Smith, 50, of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to eight years of imprisonment, consisting of seven years in federal prison followed by one year on house arrest, for having illicit sexual relationships with students at the school where he was assigned as a resource officer for the Columbus Division of Police.

June 26, 2013

OWNERS OF LAWRENCE COUNTY MEDICAL CLINICS CHARGED WITH HEALTH CARE FRAUD
A federal grand jury has charged four people with health care fraud, alleging that they improperly charged government insurance programs for medically unnecessary procedures in connection with two medical clinics they owned and operated in Coal Grove, Ohio.

June 26, 2013

DISBARRED CANADIAN ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY TO UNCLAIMED FUNDS FRAUD SCHEME IN CINCINNATI
L. Gino Boggia, 63, of Quebec, Canada pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to engaging in a scheme to defraud a local bank in connection with dormant bank account funds. 

June 26, 2013

FORMER DUBLIN RESIDENT INDICTED IN $10 MILLION REAL ESTATE SCAM
A federal grand jury has indicted Haider Zafar, 35, formerly of Dublin, Ohio, in connection with a $10 million fraud scheme involving false representations about investments in Pakistani real estate.

June 25, 2013

REAL ESTATE BROKER WHO RAN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED TO PRISON
Sylvia Odia Thomas, 40, formerly of West Chester, Ohio was sentenced to 30 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $313,021 in restitution to lenders and $95,422.14 to the IRS for crimes she committed as part of a mortgage fraud scheme.

June 21, 2013

FIFTEEN-YEAR SENTENCE FOR JEFFERSON COUNTY MAN WHO RECEIVED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Ryan D. Kasler, 31, of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio was sentenced to 15 years in prison for downloading images of child pornography from the internet.

June 21, 2013

DAYTON PAYROLL COMPANY OWNER SENTENCED TO 78 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR CONSPIRACY IN $26.7 MILLION DOLLAR TAX SCHEME
Robert R. Sacco, 62, the owner and chairman of the board of Dayton-based Paysource, was sentenced to 78 months in prison in a conspiracy and financial crimes scheme involving withholding money to pay federal employment taxes from employees’ paychecks and keeping the money instead of paying it to the IRS.  In addition, Sacco must pay a $26,729,098.79 money judgment.

June 19, 2013

SIXTEEN ARRESTED IN ALLEGED HEROIN TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
A yearlong investigation into an alleged heroin trafficking organization in central Ohio has resulted in the arrests of 16 people, the seizure of more than 11 kilograms of heroin, three firearms, and more than $115,000 in cash.

June 19, 2013

MARIETTA WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD
Patricia Hodges, 66, of Marietta, Ohio has been ordered to repay $141,962 in Social Security benefits she collected on behalf of her dead mother, serve 30 days in prison and six months of home confinement as part of a three-year period of court supervision.

June 13, 2013

COLUMBUS CAR DEALERSHIP, CEO INDICTED FOR ILLEGALLY STRUCTURING LARGE CASH TRANSACTIONS
A federal grand jury has charged Valueland Auto Sales, Inc., and company CEO Ron Benit, 52, of Powell, Ohio with illegally structuring bank deposits to evade reporting requirements involving large cash transactions.

June 13, 2013

FORT WAYNE, INDIANA MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 29 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ROBBERY OF SPRINGBORO BANK
Anthony Marquette Phillips, 44, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 235 months in prison for his role in the armed robbery of a bank in Springboro on April 27, 2012 plus an additional 120 months for using and discharging a firearm during the course of the robbery.

June 4, 2013

FORMER COMPUTER COMPANY CEO FINED $5 MILLION AND SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR CONSIPRACY, SECURITIES FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING
Michael E. Peppel, 46, former Chief Executive Officer of MCSi, Inc., a computer sales company formerly headquartered in Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court here today to two years in prison followed by three years of court supervision for engaging in a deliberate scheme to defraud millions of dollars from company investors by improperly reporting company revenues. He was also fined $5 million.

May 2013

May 30, 2013

FORMER HILLIARD RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO $1.5 MILLION INVESTMENT FRAUD
Jeffrey G. Kelly, 45, formerly of Hilliard, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to carrying out a $1.5 million investment fraud scheme between 2006 and 2011. The victims included family friends, relatives, fellow church members, parents of his children’s schoolmates, and a groomsman from his wedding.

May 23, 2013

GRAND JURY CHARGES 18 IN DAYTON-PORTSMOUTH HEROIN TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY
A federal grand jury has charged nine people from Portsmouth, Ohio and eight people from the Dayton, Ohio area with engaging in a two-year conspiracy to deliver heroin from Dayton to Portsmouth where they distributed it out of seven Portsmouth locations including two motels. The eighteenth defendant lives in Lancaster, Ohio. All are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a crime punishable by at least ten years and up to life in prison.

May 23, 2013

OPERATORS OF FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAM SENTENCED IN CINCINNATI
Adam P. Moellers, 35, of Mason, Ohio was sentenced to 36 months in prison and Gary P. Dailey, aka Gary Klump, 33, of Covington, Kentucky was sentenced to 21 months in prison in U.S. District Court today for engaging in a foreclosure rescue scheme through a company called American Equity Group (AEG). A third defendant, Perry Bensick, 37, of Monroe, Ohio was sentenced on May 21 for his role in the scheme to a year and a day in prison.

May 17, 2013

COLUMBUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TWEETING THREATS AGAINST PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Daniel L. Temple, 36, of Columbus pleaded guilty in United States District Court to one count of threatening the President of the United States.

May 01, 2013

27-MONTH SENTENCE FOR PROMOTER OF CINCINNATI GRAND PRIX
Curtis Boggs, 54, formerly of Harrison, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 27 months in prison, ordered to pay $352,745.21 in restitution and forfeit any assets that he received as proceeds of the crimes he committed as part of a fraudulent scheme he promoted to bring a Grand Prix race to Cincinnati in 2009.


April 2013

April 29, 2013

20-YEAR SENTENCE FOR OWNER OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE IN CHILLECOTHE, OHIO FOR CONPSIRING TO DISTRIBUTE OXYCODONE AND MONEY LAUNDERING
Kevin Huff, 36, of Portsmouth, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 262 months in prison for his role in conspiring to distribute more than 200,000 dosage units (30mg tablets) of Oxycodone and money laundering.

April 26, 2013

THREE CHARGED WITH FILING FRAUDULENT CLAIMS FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAX REFUNDS
A federal grand jury here has indicted Ebony F. Taste, 27, Trotwood, Saleen M. Nolan, 25, Dayton, and Jazmen Yates, 29, Galloway, with one count of conspiracy to file false claims for federal income tax refunds, totaling in excess of $150,000, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

April 16, 2013

JURY CONVICTS DARKE COUNTY MAN OF RECEIPT AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A U.S. District Court jury here convicted Richard Trepanier, 40, of Gettysburg, Ohio of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

April 15, 2013

GRAND JURY CHARGES FOUR WITH GUN AND DRUG CRIMES
A federal grand jury here has returned a 24-count indictment charging three Columbus-area men and a woman with providing and using firearms in illegal drug trafficking crimes.

April 09, 2013

MAIL PROCESSING CLERK SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR STEALING CASH AND GIFT CARDS OUT OF MAIL, ASSAULTING AGENTS
Terrence R. McLean, 38, of Westerville was sentenced in U.S .District Court to 18 months in prison for stealing cash and gift cards from mail he was responsible for processing at the U.S. Postal Service’s Processing and Distribution Center in Columbus.

April 05, 2013

WHITEHALL WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO COMMIT BENEFITS FRAUD
Audrey Costar, 46, of Whitehall, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to using 50 stolen identities to file for unemployment benefits in eight states over three years, netting her almost $80,000.

April 03, 2013

KENTUCKY ATTORNEY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING MORE THAN HALF A MILLION DOLLARS FROM DISABLED VETERAN
Brian P. Gilfedder, 65, of Lexington, Kentucky was sentenced in the Eastern District of Kentucky to serve 41 months in federal prison for stealing $639,618.43 in VA and Social Security benefits from a disabled veteran over a 20-year period. 


 

March 2013

March 27, 2013

FINAL DEFENDANT IN POT TRAFFICKING CONSPIRACY SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON
Antwane J. Rhodes, aka “Rho”, 34, formerly of Springfield, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 120 months in prison, fined $5,000 and ordered to forfeit cash, vehicles and jewelry.

LICKING COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING PROJECT HIRE, A FEDERALLY FUNDED JOB TRAINING PROGRAM
Eric M. Rader, 36, of Johnstown, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud for submitting fraudulent bills in connection with a federally funded job training program.

CINCINNATI CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR SENTENCED FOR ROLE IN BRIBERY AND EMBEZZLEMENT SCHEME
The owner and president of Sigma Capital, Inc. in Cincinnati, Samuel P. Mays, 62, was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 51 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for bribing a government official.

March 22, 2013

SIBLINGS ARRESTED FOR REYNOLDSBURG JEWELRY STORE ARMED ROBBERY
Darnell J. Harris, 25 and his sister Mariah Harris, 19, both of Canal Winchester, Ohio have been arrested based on charges in a federal indictment alleging that they robbed a Reynoldsburg jewelry store in May 2012.

March 21, 2013

OPERATOR OF $8.9 MILLION PONZI SCHEME RECEIVES 65-MONTH SENTENCE
Jerry Smith, 50, of Brookville, Indiana, was sentenced to 65 months in prison, ordered to pay $5,406,950.65 in restitution to victims and $72,412.70 in restitution to the IRS for his role in an investment scheme that ensnared approximately 72 investors in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

March 14, 2013

JEFFERSON COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Ryan D. Kasler, 31, of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of illegal receipt of child pornography. The plea agreement provides for a sentence of 180 months in prison.

March 13, 2013

COLUMBUS MAN CHARGED WITH FRAUD INVOLVING FEDERALLY FUNDED TUTORING PROGRAM
A federal grand jury has indicted Ashkir Ali, 45, of Columbus alleging that he defrauded the U.S. Department of Education’s Supplemental Education Services Program by billing the program for tutoring sessions that were never provided.

March 12, 2013

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 180 MONTHS IN PRISON AS ARMED CAREER CRIMINAL
Landon Price, 36, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S .District Court to 180 months in prison for illegal possession of a firearm and after the court designated him an armed career criminal due to his criminal history.

March 08, 2013

MIAMI COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT VIDEOS OF CHILDREN HE BABYSAT
Kevin D. Todd, 41, of Ludlow Falls, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of sexual exploitation of children for producing sexually explicit videos of pre-pubescent children he babysat and offering online to trade the videos.

LAWRENCE COUNTY MAN INDICTED FOR FALSE TAX RETURNS
A federal grand jury has charged Harold J. “Bucky” Shafer, 66, of Pedro, Ohio with ten counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent income tax returns and two counts of filing false income tax returns.

March 06, 2013

MANAGER OF CHECK-CASHING STORE PLEADS GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN TAX REFUND SCAM
Marnay Love, 33, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of conspiracy for her role in a scheme to file fraudulent income tax returns in order to claim tax refunds.

March 05, 2013

CINCINNATI MAN SENTENCED TO 199 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR CARJACKING, ILLEGAL USE AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
Bennie Overton, 34, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S .District Court to 115 months in prison for carjacking and illegal possession of a handgun and an additional 84 months for using a firearm in a crime of violence for a total sentence of 199 months.

March 01, 2013

FBI SAFE STREETS TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN CHARGES AGAINST 20 PEOPLE IN ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION
A 13-month investigation by the FBI Cincinnati Safe Streets Task Force has resulted in charges against 20 people alleged to be members of a drug trafficking organization in Cincinnati’s East Clifton Avenue area of Over-the-Rhine.

 

February 2013

February 28, 2013

NURSE SENTENCED TO FOUR MONTHS IN PRISON FOR ILLEGALLY ACCESSING SUPERVISOR’S PERSONAL EMAIL ACCOUNTS
Adriann Brierley, 37, of Buckeye Lake, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to four months in prison for illegally accessing the personal email accounts of her supervisor at the hospital where she worked, copying personal information and distributing it.

February 27, 2013

MARIETTA WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD
Patricia Hodges, 65, of Marietta, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of theft of government money for concealing her mother’s death in order to continue receiving her mother’s Social Security benefits.

MAN WHO PAID BANKRUPTCY TRUSTEE WITH BOGUS CHECKS SENTENCED TO 36 MONTHS IN PRISON
Todd William Klein, 49, of Cincinnati was sentenced in U.S .District Court to 36 months in prison for obstruction of justice for using bogus checks to pay the trustee in his bankruptcy case.

February 21, 2013

FINAL DEFENDANT SENTENCED IN “FOOD STAMP” FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING CONSPIRACY INVOLVING GROCERY STORE
Omar Yahya, 56, formerly known as Darnell Bernard Watts, was sentenced to 12 months one day in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to use a Dayton grocery store to launder money and defraud the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Yahya pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to launder money.

MARYSVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COERCION OF A MINOR
Justin S. Mote, 33, of Marysville pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of using the internet to coerce a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. The plea agreement provides for a sentence between 240 and 300 months in prison.

February 15, 2013

STATEMENT BY U.S. ATTORNEY CARTER STEWART IN RESPONSE TO THE SIXTH CIRCUIT’S RULING THAT SEVEN-DAY SENTENCE FOR FORMER MCSI CEO WAS “UNREASONABLY LOW”
Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio issued the following statement today in response to the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of MCSi, Michael Peppel, should be resentenced for his role in a stock price manipulation scheme.

February 13, 2013

THIRD DEFENDANT SENTENCED IN $15 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
Cameron Green, 36, of Pickerington, Ohio was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $6,115,965 in restitution. 

February 12, 2013

MONROE COUNTY COMPANY, OWNER PLEAD GUILTY TO DISCHARGING WASTEWATER INTO A TRIBUARY OF THE LITTLE MUSKINGUM RIVER
Robert D. Armstrong, 54, of New Matamoras, Ohio, pleaded guilty to violating the Clean Water Act by causing wastewater from oil and gas wells to flow into a tributary of the Little Muskingum River in 2010. 

February 08, 2013

JURY CONVICTS OWNER OF TIRE RECYCLING COMPANY OF DEFRAUDING SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
A U.S. District Court jury here today convicted Paul David Musgrave, 57, of Warhaw, North Carolina of conspiring to defraud the Mutual Federal Savings Bank of Troy, Ohio, and the Small Business Administration out of $1,715,600 in connection with a business loan he sought to establish a tire recycling plant in Troy.

February 06, 2013

COLUMBUS MAN CHARGED WITH FRAUD
A federal grand jury here has returned an eleven-count indictment charging Terrance J. King, 46, of Columbus in a scheme to defraud homeowners and businesses, the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

JURY CONVICTS EAST COLUMBUS HEROIN TRAFFICKER
A U.S. District Court jury here today convicted Sontay T. Smotherman, 36, of Columbus of operating a drug house in east Columbus.

CINCINNATI MAN CHARGED WITH 20 COUNTS OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A federal grand jury has charged James O. Napier, 38, of Cincinnati with 20 counts of producing child pornography which involve an 11-month old infant and an approximately nine-year old child, produced at different times.

 

January 2013

January 31, 2013

TWO CHARGED WITH USING STOLEN IDENTITIES TO FILE FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX RETURNS CLAIMING MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION IN REFUNDS
Internal Revenue Service agents arrested Roma L. Sims, 34, Westerville, Ohio and Samantha C. Towns, 30, Reynoldsburg, Ohio today based on criminal complaints that they filed 559 individual income tax returns for 2011 claiming total refunds of $1,312,513.89 using the stolen personal information.

January 29, 2013

DAYTON MAN CHARGED WITH VIEWING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY WHILE A PATIENT AT VA MEDICAL CENTER
A federal grand jury has charged Charles E. Suttles, 55, of Dayton with Fairfield with one count of possession of child pornography for allegedly viewing sexually explicit images of minor children while he was a patient at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton in 2010.

January 25, 2013

REYNOLDSBURG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING MORE THAN 10,000 IMAGES AND 300 VIDEOS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Zdenek Hrouda, 37, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possessing child pornography after investigators found more than 10,000 still images and 300 video files stored on three computers and two external hard drives in his house.

DELAWARE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EXTORTION, COMPUTER INTRUSION
Donald Christopher Dailey, 37, of Delaware, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to extortion for demanding money from the company where he was the information technology administrator in exchange for not disclosing internal financial and other information.

January 24, 2013

DAYTON MAN RECEIVES 13-YEAR SENTENCE FOR ASSAULTING AN OFFICER, CONSPIRACY, DRUG AND TAX CRIMES
Charles D. Warren, 38, of Dayton was sentenced today to 156 months in prison for crimes including assaulting an officer by running his car into a car driven by a federal task force officer, illegal possession of a firearm.

January 23, 2013

FORMER BANK EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT
Kimberly Ferguson, 53, of Milford, Ohio was sentenced in U.S .District Court to 27 months in prison for embezzling $911,000 from the bank where she worked as a vault teller. She was also ordered to pay restitution.

CEO OF FREE TRUTH ENTERPRISES CHARGED WITH TAX FRAUD AND MORTGAGE LOAN FRAUD
A federal grand jury here has indicted Regina Shields, 40, of Cincinnati, Ohio charging her with scheming to file false claims for federal income tax refunds with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a mortgage fraud.

January 18, 2013

JURY CONVICTS LEADER OF MULTISTATE DRUG TRAFFICKING RING
A U.S. District Court jury here has convicted Reginald S. “Reggie” Myers, 55, Cincinnati, of leading a multistate drug trafficking conspiracy that brought between 120 and 180 kilograms of powder cocaine into the greater Cincinnati area between 2005 and 2007.

HILLIARD COUPLE PLEAD GUILTY IN $7 MILLION MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
Deborah L. Kistner, 50, and her husband, Mark A. Kistner, 52, both of Hilliard, pleaded guilty three days after their trial started on a $7 million mortgage fraud scheme they carried out between June 2006 and July 2010.

100-MONTH SENTENCE FOR CONVICTED FELON WHO HAD 9 FIREARMS, MARIJUANA
David P. Crail, 35, of Dublin, Ohio was sentenced to 100 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, growing marijuana at a house in Dublin, Ohio and making a false statement in an application for a U.S. passport.

ATHENS MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Jason L. Hutchinson, 42, of Athens, Ohio was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 300 months in prison and will be under court supervision for the rest of his life for using a webcam to create a video of himself engaged in various sex acts with a 13-year old and distributing the video out of state.

January 17, 2013

LOGAN COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Mickell Close, 31, of Quincy, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of using minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the conduct.

DUBLIN ATTORNEY CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY, MONEY LAUNDERING FOR INVOLVEMENT WITH ALLEGED PILL MILLS
A federal grand jury has indicted Steven E. Hillman, 67, of Dublin, Ohio, alleging that he conspired with the owner of three pain clinics in Ohio to illegally divert prescription drugs outside the scope of legitimate medical practice and launder proceeds of the conspiracy.

FORMER COLUMBUS POLICE OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUAL COERCION OF MINORS
Todd L. Smith, 50, of Columbus pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to one count of coercion and enticement of minors for sexual activity.

January 16, 2013

DUBLIN MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN A MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME
Gordon L. Yocom, 44, of Dublin, Ohio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering for fraudulently obtaining a mortgage loan to finance the purchase of a real estate property in Powell, Ohio.

January 11, 2013

OWNER OF CLARK’S AUTO SALES SENTENCED FOR DEALING IN ILLEGAL EXPLOSIVES AND FALSIFYING TAX RETURNS
Earl Clark, 40, of Franklin, Ohio, was ordered to forfeit two bank accounts containing $353,211.91 and $33,388.14, plus $21,524 in U.S. currency, nine automobiles, and a trailer, and to pay $80,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

WEST CARROLLTON MAN SENTENCED FOR FOOD STAMP FRAUD, CONSPIRACY AND TAX CRIMES
Edward “Ed” Claude Jones, 55, of West Carrollton was sentenced to 24 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and agreed to a $300,000 money judgment relative to committing conspiracy, food stamp fraud and tax crimes.

January 10, 2013

CINCINNATI MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO USE STOLEN IDENTITIES TO CLAIM MILLIONS IN FRAUDULENT INCOME TAX RETURNS
Tawanda Marimbire, 23, of Cincinnati pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiring with others to use stolen identities and obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

January 08, 2013

PAIR CHARGED IN A $1 MILLION I.D. THEFT AND FALSE INCOME TAX REFUND SCHEME
A federal grand jury here has indicted Jose Luis Martinez, 46, of Columbus, Ohio, and Mercedes Emelinda-Silie, 40, of Grove City, Ohio charging them both with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States government.

January 03, 2013

PROMOTER OF CINCINNATI GRAND PRIX PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING
Curtis Boggs, 54, formerly of Harrison, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and money laundering in connection with a scheme he promoted to bring a Grand Prix race to Cincinnati in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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