As the economy plummeted in 2007, the phrase “Ponzi scheme” became a household term. This type of fraud is defined as “a fraudulent investment operation that pays quick returns to initial contributors using money from subsequent contributors rather than profit.” Over time, the operation requires exponentially more investors to pay the previous debts, which means it can’t last forever.
Cincinnati's ABC network affiliate WCPO recently reported that three members of "a sophisticated mortgage fraud ring" have been arrested and three more suspects are being sought by city police. According to law enforcement sources, the group filed more than a million dollars worth of false titles, deeds and liens in Hamilton County.
A former Ohio prosecutor spent years pursuing the convictions of people accused of crimes, but is now himself accused of criminal activity. A federal grand jury recently indicted the former assistant prosecutor for Athens County for white collar crimes that include the filing of fraudulent tax returns and theft of government money.
If you drive west of Cincinnati on the interstate for a couple of hours, you will come to Columbus, Indiana. The city received some national attention back in December when a pastor there reported that his home had been robbed of more than $11,000 in cash, jewelry and more while he had been out preaching.