“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
Loveland, Ohio man Keith Blankenship was recently arrested after an elderly couple entrusted him with a blank check. Lila Mae Thomas and her husband wanted to purchase cheesecake, chicken and other assorted meats from Blankenship, a meat salesman. Yet after Blankenship received a check for $800, he immediately voided it, claiming his name was ineligible.
Trusting Blankenship, Lila Mae signed a blank check for the meat-salesman to fill in himself. Mr. Blankenship then wrote in $3,800 as the amount, drove Lila Mae’s husband to the bank, cashed the check and gave the elderly couple a receipt with $3,800 written in very small handwriting. After closer inspection, Lila Mae realized she had been conned. If Mr. Blankenship is convicted of all charges, he could face a lengthy prison sentence.
Following are the penalties for forgery and identity fraud, two crimes that are often committed together:
Individuals arrested for white-collar crimes face serious penalties. If you are arrested for fraud, embezzlement, forgery or any other white-collar offense, consult with an experienced defense lawyer as soon as possible.