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The tale of two embelzzers

There were recently two embezzling cases that ended with two very different sentences for the defendants. One of the defendants is a former clerk-treasurer for Amherst and the other is an ex-football player for the Browns.

Both of the individuals stole over $100,000. Both had gambling problems and issues with mental health. However, the ex-football player was sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison. The former clerk-treasurer was given a six-month sentence, and she can get to leave for work each day.

What is mass marketing fraud?

Mass marketing fraud is a type of fraud scheme that uses more than one kind of mass-communication technique. The techniques could include the Internet, mail, telephone, email or even meetings with large groups of people.

There are two general categories of mass marketing fraud schemes. The first kind targets large numbers of victims for losses that are relatively small for each person. The second kind targets many victims for losses that are much higher.

Limo stolen, Facebook video allegedly shows crime

Social media helps keep us in touch with family and friends, share music and generally let others know what we're doing. There are some people, though, that use social media for something a bit different -- showing off their crimes. That is what police allege happened after three men reportedly stole a limo at gunpoint and assaulted the driver.

According to the police report, the Oct. 6 crime took place at a McDonald's in Cleveland. The driver, a National Guardsman, had dropped his passengers off at Progressive Field for the Indians/Red Sox playoff game. He stopped at McDonald's and was sitting outside of the limo on the curb when he says he was approached by three men. They asked for a ride through the drive-through in the limo and the driver refused, thinking it was a joke. The driver said he was then attacked at gunpoint, with the three men punching and choking him. The police said the driver fought back and poked one of them in the eye. The men then reportedly stole the limo.

Anthony Lemons still has murder on his criminal record

It's been two years since Anthony Lemons was released from an Ohio prison after a judge in a Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court set him free. He had spent the last 18 years in prison for the murder of a man back in April 1994.

While Lemons thought his troubles were finally over, another judge still believes that he is guilty. He is waiting for the Ohio attorney general's office to respond to his appeal, as is the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals. His criminal history still shows a conviction for murder and since the case is not closed, he cannot collect the compensation the state owes him for the 18 years he spent in prison. "It's an injustice. I've been exonerated already, how am I not innocent? It doesn't make any sense to me, " Lemons said.

Authorities accuse 56-year-old of internet sex crimes.

A man in West Virginia was accused of trying to arrange sex with a teenage girl in the Cleveland area. However, the "girl" was not in fact a girl at all; it was actually an investigator employed by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force who had been communicating with the man online.

According to police, the 56-year-old man began speaking with the investigator on Aug. 8 via Facebook. He sent explicit pictures to the investigator and made plans to come to Cleveland to meet her. He was later arrested in the parking lot of a church on Sept. 15. Police claim that the man confessed to committing internet sex crimes, saying that he had sex toys, lingerie and a teddy bear waiting in his hotel room for the imaginary girl. He also admitted to speaking with other children about sex online.

Grandmother overdoses on heroin with grandbaby in truck

A 56-year-old woman has been charged with child endangerment in Ohio after police found the woman allegedly overdosed on heroin and unconscious in her pickup. Her 11-month-old grandson was in the pickup as well.

According to a news report in which the woman spoke with reporters, she had used heroin in the hope of committing suicide. She said that she misses her husband, who recently passed away.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Shumpert arrested for DUI, drug possession

Iman Shumpert, a guard with the Cleveland Cavaliers, is facing several charges relating to a traffic stop near Atlanta. Shumpert, who arrived in a trade with the New York Knicks in January, established himself as a solid defender, playing three positions and scoring an average of 5.8 rebounds a game.

According to police reports, the traffic stop by a corporal with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office happened around 11:30 p.m. The deputy reportedly observed that the Audi A3 Shumpert was driving had no working taillights. After following the vehicle for a short time, the deputy also reportedly observed the vehicle swerving and making a turn without maintaining its lane.

Former bank teller pleads guilty to 1 count of bank fraud

A woman who was employed at a First Tennessee bank as a teller has accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. When she was indicted back in March, she faced seven counts of theft, embezzlement or misapplication by a bank employee involving amounts over $200,000 and seven counts of bank fraud.

In the plea agreement, the woman detailed how she would take money from the accounts of other customers and then deposit it into her account, other accounts or otherwise take the money to use herself. In an effort to conceal her actions, she diverted bank documents, including a bank statement that belonged to an account holder.

Police make arrest for 30 suspicious fires in Cleveland

For the last eight months, someone has been setting fires in one Cleveland neighborhood -- more than 30 fires. For the residents of that neighborhood, the news of an arrest has them feeling very relieved. The only affected area has involved three or four streets.

The person setting the fires, whether or not that is the person who police arrested, has been called "the fire bug." While the fires were set in vacant homes, in ditches or on campaign signs, people living nearby have wondered if the fire bug would start burning people's homes.

Man acquitted of disrupting public service for fake Facebook page

A 27-year-old man has been acquitted of charges related to the creation of a fake Facebook page made as a parody of the Parma Police Department's official page on the social media site.

The man was arrested while exiting a convenience store in March. Afterward, he was charged with disrupting public service by a grand jury. That charge was a fourth-degree felony, and if convicted, the man faced up to 18 months in jail.

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