Police and prosecutors have stepped up efforts to stop theft rings operating in Southwest Ohio with help from Ohio’s organized crime laws.
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OTHER ECONOMIC CRIME UNIT CASES
In Greene County, the third of three people charged a tree-trimming scam that targeted the elderly in Greene, Franklin, Butler, and Montgomery counties was sentenced in March 2012 to eight years in prison and ordered to pay $31,307 in restitution. The scheme involved defrauding elderly persons of overcharging by nearly $100,000 for tree trimming and lawn service work.
In Coshocton County, an Ohio couple was sentenced to prison in February 2012 for running a Craigslist ticket scam that took more than $200,000 from hundreds of victims throughout the U.S. and Canada. For four years, the couple posted thousands of Craigslist ads across the country advertising tickets to the World Series, NBA Finals, Super Bowl, and dozens of concerts.
Seven people were indicted for defrauding elderly victims in Fairfield, Franklin, Pickaway, and Ross counties of more than $100,000 with their door-to-door home improvement scheme. The homeowner would agree to the work, only to learn later the bill was much higher than expected and little or no work was performed.
In Hamilton County, a Butler County man pleaded guilty to nine counts of theft of more than $43,000 from victims in Ohio and Kentucky who had suffered storm damage to their homes in 2010 and 2011. The case also involved investigation by the Jackson Township Police Department in Stark County.
Source: Ohio Attorney General’s Office