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.
When more than one person is accused of the same crime, the possibility of at least one of the people involved providing information to prosecutors in exchange for a plea bargain exists. This often leaves the other party or parties at a disadvantage at trial. An Ohio lawmaker appears to be facing this dilemma in the theft and securities fraud case filed against him.
It came to the attention of the Ohio Department of Insurance that several individuals living in the state were paying premiums for insurance, but had no coverage. The department and the local sheriff’s office conducted an investigation into the allegations. The agent believed to be responsible for these individuals paying for policies but having no actual coverage was ultimately charged with a number of crimes, including insurance fraud.
His fellow republicans are calling for his resignation, but Ohio State Rep. Peter Beck has no intention of resigning. He says that the fraud charges filed against him are unsubstantiated. Rep. Beck has indicated that he is as much a victim in the situation as everyone else.
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.