A criminal information was filed against charging a Sandusky man with conspiracy and wire fraud for allegedly submitting fraudulent invoices, said Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland office.
Robert A. Bellamy, 43, worked at an auto dealership. He conspired with someone identified in the charges only as MKC. This person was a regular customer at the dealership where Bellamy worked, according to the information.
MKC was responsible for managing Castalia Farms, a recreational facility then owned by Owens-Illinois, Inc. The company equipped Castalia Farms with several automobiles, which MKC had serviced at the dealership where Bellamy worked, according to the information.
Bellamy, MKC and others devised a scheme to defraud Owens-Illinois in which Bellamy created invoices for vehice repairs that never occurred, repairs on vehicles owned by MKC, his family or his friends and auto parts never installed in vehicles owned by Owens-Illinois. Bellamy submitted the invoices to through his employer to MKC and Castalia Farms, and Owens-Illinois paid the fraudulent invoices, according to the information.
The investigation is ongoing.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sandusky, Ohio. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Gene Crawford.
An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.