COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the indictments of seven people in connection with an alleged organized scam that targeted elderly victims in Ohio.
According to a news release, the indictments out of Ross County charge that Charles Kuhn Jr, 47, of Circleville, and his associates impersonated lawyers, judges, and even Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, while stealing about $400,000 since 2011.
DeWine says the six victims are from Ross, Pickaway, and Hocking counties.
He says some were told that Kuhn was expecting big money from a pending lawsuit, and by assisting him with legal fees, they would receive large interest on their investment. Others were told they were beneficiaries of an estate, and they stood to inherit millions after paying some fees.
Kuhn allegedly had his accomplices get cash or checks from the victims. Checks were cashed and proceeds were shared. Sometimes heroin, instead of cash, was the accepted payment for being part of the scam, according to the release.
“It’s unbelievable the lies these scammers told, including impersonating me as part of their elaborate fraudulent scheme,” said Attorney General DeWine during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “To prey on the elderly is despicable.”
Kuhn Jr. along with Brad J. Davis of Circleville, Susan B. Dowland of Stoutsville, Kevin M. Dunn of Circleville, Mark A. Peoples of Circleville, Jennifer S. Pummell of Stoutsville and Curtis D. Smith of Derby were all indicted on charges of Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity, Theft from an Elderly Person, Telecommunications Fraud and Conspiracy.