Former Youngstown man sentenced to more than three years in prison for bank fraud involving Mahoning County homes

A former Youngstown man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for crimes related to the purchase of a dozen homes in Mahoning County, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Steven D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office.

R. Allen Sinclair, 52, of Suwanee, Georgia, was sentenced to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay approximately $830,000 in restitution. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to bank fraud.

Sinclair was the owner and operator of Newport Investments, LLC and Newport Development, Inc. in Youngstown. He advertised that the company was in the business of buying, renovating and selling residential real estate properties, according to court documents.

Sinclair, through his companies, solicited money from investors, promising them annual returns of about 10 percent and telling them their funds would be used for the acquisition and renovation of properties in Youngstown. Sinclair knew that the properties needed little or no renovation. Instead, he converted the money for his personal use, according to court documents.

Beginning in 2005, Sinclair acquired the 12 properties—in Youngstown, Canfield, Struthers and Austintown—through land trusts he created for each property. Sinclair fraudulently misled the sellers into believing the land trusts had assumed the mortgage payments. After making minimal monthly payments, Sinclair then stopped paying the mortgages and did not notify the sellers, who were unaware they were still obligated to the loans, according to court documents.

As a result, the properties went into foreclosure, causing substantial losses to the lenders and the federal agencies that insured them, according to court documents.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. Patton and Suzana Krstevski Koch following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

FBI Seeking Information: Serial Child Abductor at Cleveland, Elyria

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The FBI’s Cleveland Field Office, the Cleveland Police Department, and the Elyria Police Department in Ohio are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a serial child abductor.

On February 24, 2016, the security system at a residence in Elyria, Ohio, showed multiple doors and windows were opened in the home between 5:08 a.m. and 5:23 a.m., while the residents of the home were asleep.

On February 25, 2016, at approximately 3:37 a.m., an unknown male suspect placed a ladder against the same house and attempted to pull a 10-year-old girl through her bedroom window. The attempt was unsuccessful. The unknown suspect wore all black, with a black mask over the bottom of his face. The home security system again showed that various windows, including the victim’s window, were opened and shut between 3:16 a.m. and 3:37 a.m. that day.

On May 21, 2016, at approximately 4:30 a.m., a six-year-old girl was abducted from her home in Cleveland, Ohio, by a White male wearing all black with a black mask covering his face. She was driven to an unknown location and held for 17 hours. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on the same day, she was dropped off, alive, a few miles from her home.

Both cases have been linked through forensic evidence.

The unknown suspect is believed to be driving a 1997 to 2003 Chevy Malibu with a driver’s side quarter panel that is a different color than the rest of the car.

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Video related to the Cleveland incident is described as follows:

– On May 14, 2016, at approximately 2:33 a.m., and again at 3:50 a.m., a White male is seen in the vicinity of the home in the Cleveland incident. The suspect is seen looking at his phone.

– On May 15, 2016, at approximately 5:00 a.m., a White male is seen at the window of the home in the Cleveland incident, then runs back to his car and leaves the area.

– On May 21, 2016, at approximately 3:12 a.m., the suspect’s vehicle is seen near the corner of West 101st Street and West Boulevard. The suspect looks at his phone while waiting for a red light.

– On May 21, 2016, at approximately 3:21 a.m., the suspect is seen near the home in the Cleveland incident, then walks away from the home at approximately 3:28 a.m.

– On May 21, 2016, at approximately 4:18 a.m., the suspect is seen approaching the home in the Cleveland incident again, then departing carrying something (presumed to be the victim) at approximately 4:29 a.m.

 

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for the successful prosecution of this unknown suspect.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.  Field Office: Cleveland

FBI Flyer: Cleveland – Elyria UNSUB Child Abductor

Man gets five years total in two separate drug cases

YOUNGSTOWN OH – A Sebring man on bond for a spate of drug charges who was arrested again for the same offenses was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court sentenced Jason Gorby, 30, of East Maryland Avenue, after Gorby entered guilty pleas to charges of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals to manufacture drugs; possession of drugs; child endangering; and two counts of trafficking in drugs.

Gorby was first charged after an Oct. 3 search warrant at his home was served by the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, where chemicals used to make methamphetamine were found as well as methamphetamine itself.

– See more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2016/jun/24/man-gets–years-for-separate-drug-cases/#sthash.iiwLp9GK.dpuf

Steubenville man forfeits $1.5 million, sentenced to house arrest for operating gambling business

A Steubenville man forfeited more than $1.5 million and was sentenced to eight months of house arrest for operating a gambling business, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Timothy Smith, 53, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of conducting an illegal gambling business. He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest with electronic monitoring and ordered to forfeit $1,526,104.

Smith operated Timmy’s, a sports wagering business in Steubenville where people could wager on professional and amateur sporting events. Employees at Timmy’s displayed dry erase boards and paper fliers showing high school, college and professional sporting events and associated point spreads. Confidential sources placed several bets on games in 2013 and 2014, according to court documents.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Toepfer and James Morford following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Steubenville Police Department and the FBI.

Warren man pleads guilty to mailing white powder to former employer

Anthony J. Natale, of Warren, pleaded guilty today to one count of conveying false information related to the use of a weapon of mass destruction, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office.

Natale is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept 27.

Natale mailed an envelope containing white powder via the United States Postal Service to American Business Center, at 7677 South Avenue, Youngstown, on November 10, 2014.  This was done with the intent to convey false and misleading information related to the use of a weapon of mass destruction, according to court documents.

Natale formerly worked at American Business Center. He was terminated on Oct. 6, 2014, according to court documents.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Seabury Gould, and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.

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