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Attorney General DeWine Announces Mortgage Fraud Convictions

According to prosecutors with the Attorney General's special prosecutions unit, Shepherd arranged for the sale of 24 properties in Summit and Stark counties at prices that were inflated by phony appraisals.


Ohio Unsolved Homicides: Rachael Johnson

Rachael Johnson, 24, was last seen alive during the overnight  hours of March 30, 1991.  Her body was discovered later that day in the 700 block of Weller Avenue.  The single mother had been sexually assaulted, stabbed, and set on fire.


Attorney General’s Concealed Carry Report Shows Record Number of Licenses Issued in 2012

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued a report indicating that more than 76,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2012, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004.


Attorney General DeWine Warns Parents of Recent Child Enticement Incidents

"Our agents are working right now to determine if these cases are connected, but regardless of whether these crimes are being committed by one person or multiple offenders it is a very serious situation," said Attorney General DeWine.


Attorney General DeWine Announces Support of Ohio Elder Justice Act

The act, which is intended to strengthen the existing Adult Protective Services Law, aims to improve the response to elder abuse incidents and encourage reporting of elder abuse cases.


Attorney General DeWine Says Monitor's Report Shows Ohioans Have Received $280 Million in Relief from National Mortgage Settlement

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that today's release of a monitor's report shows that more than 7,000 Ohioans have received more than $280 million in consumer relief from the National Mortgage Settlement announced one year ago.


Man Charged With Violating The Clean Water Act By Discharging Oilfield Waste Into Mahoning River Tributary

(YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined Steven M. Dettelbach, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, to announce that a Poland, Ohio, man appeared in federal court today after his arrest for violating the Clean Water Act.

Ben Lupo, 62, is accused of directing an employee to illegally discharge brine and oil-based drilling mud into a stormwater drain which flowed into an unnamed tributary of the Mahoning River and ultimately into the Mahoning River near Youngstown.


DeWine Announces $29 Million Settlement with Toyota over Unintended Acceleration

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Attorney General Mike DeWine today joined 29 other states in announcing a $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation and its related North American entities over allegations Toyota concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration. Ohio, a lead state in the investigation, will receive just over $1.7 million as a result of this settlement.
"When it comes to our vehicles, safety is the most important factor," DeWine said. "This settlement will help better protect those on Ohio's roads by ensuring greater communication within Toyota and more timely notification of the public if safety issues arise with its products."


Attorney General DeWine Announces Child Pornography Arrest

Agents with the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) arrested William Noble, 48, yesterday after serving a search warrant at his home on North Pohlman Road in Chillicothe.

As part of Attorney General DeWine's Crimes Against Children Initiative, BCI began investigating Noble after obtaining evidence that he disseminated and/or possessed child pornography in September.


Attorney General DeWine Files Complaint Against Cincinnati-area Charity Free Truth Enterprise

(CINCINNATI) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today filed a complaint against the charitable organization Free Truth Enterprise, of Cincinnati, and several of its representatives, including founder and chief operating officer Regina Shields. The complaint charges violations of Ohio charitable law, including a breach of fiduciary duties and unjust enrichment.

In addition to the complaint, Attorney General DeWine also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order, which was signed today by Judge Beth A. Myers, of Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, and a preliminary injunction against the organization.

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