Ohio Couple Indicted on Corruption Charges
An Ohio couple and the co-owners of Abon Cards & Coins were arrested in August on numerous charges of corruption. They were indicted in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
According to the indictment, the storeowners allegedly supplied individuals with lists of items they considerable desirable and would be willing to pay a premium. The individuals were classified as shoppers, but prosecutors allege that the couple was knowingly encouraging these individuals to shoplift from other chain retail stores. The indictment alleged that the store owners turned a blind eye to what they knew was criminal activity to receive goods at prices far below market value.
Included in the indictment was the Mansfield store, both owners and an employee. The individuals involved were all charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity under the Racketeer Influenced and Corruptions Act (RICO), a federal statute designed to punish businesses and business owners that use the guise of a legitimate business venture to carry out criminal activity.
In conjunction with the arrests, police officers searched the store and removed an assortment of goods, including weapons, seven crates of ammunition, multiple motor vehicles, an enclosed trailer and a large amount of cash. In addition, the couple’s home was searched, where multiple other items were found and seized, including firearms, power tools and cash.
If convicted on these serious charges, the owners and employees could face between three and 11 years of prison, in addition to hefty fines.
RICO violations are serious, so if you’re facing these charges in Cuyahoga County and the surrounding areas, you’re well advised to contact a white collar criminal defense attorney with the Law Office of Gregory S. Robey.