Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ohio and Northern Kentucky White Collar Crime Spree Outlined

The Cincinnati Enquirer outlines the spate of white collar crimes in the past year or so in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area in an article published yesterday. According to the article, some 25 embezzlers "met their downfall last year in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, particularly in Butler County, when they were busted in cases totaling $2.2 million - a record-high for the county, officials believe." Warren County authorities are still looking for James T. Hammes, of Lexington, Ky., who was indicted last May on charges that he embezzled more than $8.7 million from a Pepsi bottling company. In Butler County, prosecutors handled more than $3.3 million in white collar crime cases and a new massive embezzlement case is reportedly soon to break, according to the article. The largest case last year in Butler County involved Cheryl L. Vogel, 46, who was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling $671,000 from an auto dealership over a five-year period. In Hamilton County, prosecutors could not provide total losses for white collar cases they prosecuted, but cited one case in which Patricia Cottingham, 48, of California, Kentucky was sentenced to 15 years in prison for embezzling some $1.2 million from Spaces, an interior design company she had been employed by.

Read the full story here.

See FraudTalk's post on the Hammes story here.

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