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Columbus man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for executing scheme in attempt to steal couple’s home & rental properties

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Columbus man was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 44 months in prison for carrying out a complex fraud scheme to steal a Columbus couple’s home and rental properties valued at roughly $1 million.


Shahiydullah A. Binraymond, also known as Raymond Walker III, 49, was convicted of committing mail fraud.


According to court documents, in 2019, Binraymond posed as a government employee and sent several letters to the victims demanding that they sign deeds and other documents related to the victims’ real estate. Binraymond then modified the documents and filed them with a county recorder’s office to transfer the properties to an entity he controlled.


The defendant created fake business entities, set up bank accounts, drafted letters and fake deeds and attempted the sale of a victim property. Binraymond posed as an agent of the Franklin County Treasurer and attempted to steal the home the victims were living in.


Binraymond registered limited partnerships in Ohio with names identical to those through which the victims owned their properties. He also drafted and mailed several fraudulent letters designed to convince the victims to sign property-conveyance documents. These documents included quitclaim deeds and related affidavits.


For example, one letter includes what appears to be a seal of the Franklin County Treasurer’s office and states there is a problem regarding tax payments made on a parcel. The letter asks the victims to “read, sign and return the enclosed affidavit and letter for our internal records.”


Binraymond was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2021 and pleaded guilty to mail fraud in March 2022.


Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Gary R. Barksdale, Chief Postal Inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Gahanna Police Chief Jeff Spence announced the sentence imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. Assistant United States Attorneys David J. Twombly and Noah R. Litton are representing the United States in this case.

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Updated August 10, 2022

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