A 49-year-old Ohio man was indicted on April 8 on charges of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. The allegation is that the man used a straw buyer to get a mortgage loan and a line of credit in 2007.
Franklin County prosecutors have charged a former Ohio House page with a felony and a misdemeanor after he allegedly forged a latter written in the name of a state representative sent during a recent campaign for House speaker. The page is accused of using a Republican state representative's letterhead to send a note to one of the two candidates who were vying for the office. The candidate who received the note lost in the primary race.
In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, a worker at a plant is being charged with workers' compensation fraud. The man claimed that he sustained injuries after falling in the production plant where he was employed. While investigating the incident, authorities in the case discovered evidence which indicates that the man may have staged the accident.
One of two people accused of stealing approximately $675,000 from an Ohio based company pleaded not guilty to the charges against her. She is charged with several crimes related to the embezzlement, not the least of which includes several counts of telecommunications fraud. It is alleged that she embezzled about $228,000 of that $675,000. The other charges include conspiracy, corruption and aggravated theft.
One Ohio case currently in the news has brought to light the interesting issue of tax fraud. A woman was recently sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to avoid going to trial for a fraud case. She was also ordered to pay $93,249 in restitution.
A Ponzi scheme is when investment advisers attract investors through promising high rates of return on their investments. However, in a Ponzi scheme there are no real returns, but instead the investment advisers use funds from new investors to pay the prior investors. The investment adviser will usually use the funds to enrich himself or herself. Recently one investment adviser is facing criminal fraud charges of running a Ponzi scheme in Ohio.
The federal and local governments offer a variety of set-aside contracts that are aimed at helping minorities and other disadvantaged groups succeed in an arguably uneven society. However, it is important that the government maintains the integrity of these programs by properly screening the applicants and winners of these contracts, in Ohio and elsewhere. On the other hand, this could cause authorities to be overzealous when looking for potential white collar crimes, such as fraud, among applicants for government funds.
When a person has been elected to serve as a public official, he or she has a responsibility to hold the position with utmost honor and integrity. However, with so much power that comes with an official position in government, elected officials can sometimes find themselves accused of crimes such as committing fraud or stealing. This is what Ohio state Representative Clayton Luckie is being accused of after being indicted on 49 charges of various white collar crimes.
Sometimes, and especially in white collar crime cases, a defendant may face simultaneous allegations in criminal and civil court. That is the case for a 47-year-old tax consultant from Lorain County. He has already been jailed on a theft charge related to the alleged misuse of tax funds, and now several companies, including a Cleveland nursery school, have filed civil charges of tax fraud.