Press Releases

Oct 19 2016

Defendant: Steven Robert Payt

49 YEAR OLD SON INDICTED FOR THEFT AND IDENTITY FRAUD EXCEEDING $200,000 FROM HIS 89 YEAR OLD FATHER WHO WAS SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER’S
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This son stole over $200,000 from his elderly father who has since passed away, but at the time was suffering from Alzheimer’s, and from his mother, for his own personal gain and gambling habits.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced...
Oct 19 2016

Defendant: Ahmed Mohamed Salah

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON MAN FOR TAMPERING WITH GOVERNMENT RECORDS AND DOZENS OF THEFT OFFENSES AT AUTO AUCTIONS
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man purchased dozens of cars using bad checks, while scamming auto auction businesses in both Franklin and Hamilton County in excess of $200,000.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a RIC...
Oct 14 2016

Defendant: John Matthews

MARION COUNTY GOP CHAIRMAN AND FORMER OHIO INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR THEFT IN OFFICE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “John Matthews is alleged to have engaged in political activity while on state time.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against John Roger Matthews II, age 50, for one ...
Oct 14 2016

Defendant: James E. Smith Jr., AKA Bubbie

LARGE-SCALE DRUG TRAFFICKER IN POSSESSION OF APPROXIMATELY A HALF MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS FOUND GUILTY AFTER THREE DAY JURY TRIAL
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “James E. Smith Jr., AKA Bubbie, a large-scale drug trafficker, was found guilty late yesterday for his role in the distribution of multiple kilograms of Cocaine into the Central Ohio area.”  Following a three day trial, Smith was ...
Oct 14 2016

Defendant: Sara E. Eberhard and Rayshon La Carlos Alexander

TWO UNRELATED HEROIN TRAFFICKERS INDICTED FOR PROVIDING HEROIN THAT LED TO ONE FATAL AND ONE NEAR FATAL OVERDOSE
          Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “We will continue to aggressively prosecute drug dealers selling heroin/fentanyl/carfentanil. The drugs they are selling are killing people in Franklin County.  Had EMS not responded by immediately administering Narcan to one of the vict...
Oct 13 2016

Defendant: John Roger Matthews II

MARION COUNTY GOP CHAIRMAN AND FORMER OHIO INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR THEFT IN OFFICE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “John Matthews is alleged to have engaged in political activity while on state time.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against John Roger Matthews II, age 50, for one ...
Oct 12 2016

Defendant: Raymond Boyd Gates

MAN WHO RAPED TEENAGER WHILE VICTIM’S FRIEND USED PERISCOPE APP TO LIVE STREAM THE RAPE PLEADS GUILTY
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Fortunately for the victim in this case, a citizen in another state saw the live stream of the rape when it was occurring and reported the crime to the authorities.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that Raymond Boyd Gates, age 2...
Oct 07 2016

Defendant: Joseph Sanders and Jacob Conroy

TWO UNRELATED HEROIN TRAFFICKERS INDICTED FOR PROVIDING HEROIN THAT LED TO TWO NEAR FATAL OVERDOSES
           Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “We will continue to aggressively pursue the heroin traffickers in Franklin County so they can no longer sell this extremely dangerous drug that is killing people.  Had EMS not responded by immediately administering Narcan to the 25 and...
Oct 06 2016

Defendant: Keshawn Bowman Ross

ONE OF FOUR SUSPECTS INVOLVED IN VIOLENT ROBBERY PLEADS GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER WITH A GUN AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This defendant was 18 years old when he and three other adults and two juveniles committed a violent robbery, where one of the victims was shot and killed.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that Keshawn Bowman Ross, now age 20, plead guilty toda...
Oct 05 2016

Defendant: Kimberley R. Kendall

FORMER ENCOMPASS THERAPY EMPLOYEE INDICTED FOR OVER $20,000 THEFT FROM EMPLOYER
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This woman was an entrusted employee who abused her position for her own personal gain by stealing over $20,000 from her employer.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Kimberley...
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