Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that an Ohio man has been indicted for running a scheme in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia where he allegedly purchased over $30,000 worth of livestock and vehicles using fraudulent checks and falsified documents.Brandon White, 28, of Lucasville, was arraigned May 29 after being indicted by a Hocking County grand jury on May 22. The indictment includes 15 counts:Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first degree felonyGrand theft of a motor vehicle, fourth degree felony (two counts)Theft of an elderly person, fourth degree felonyTheft of an elderly person, third degree felonyTheft by deception, fifth degree felony (five counts)Money laundering, third degree felony (two counts)Tampering with records, third degree felony (three counts).White is accused of using fraudulent checks to purchase cattle from farmers who had advertised on Craigslist that they had cattle to sell. When he picked up the animals, he often used a false alias and paid the victim using a check drawn on an account that did not belong to him and had insufficient funds. White then sold the cattle quickly, before the checks bounced. He also is accused of filing false documents and stealing vehicles used to transport the cattle. He allegedly operated under the names B&S Trucking and Livestock LLC and Brandon’s Cattle Company.“We won’t stand by while farmers and other Ohioans are ripped off,” DeWine said. “This defendant is accused of traveling around Ohio and nearby states to steal livestock and vehicles using fraudulent checks and false documents.”The case is being prosecuted by an attorney with the Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit. This case was investigated by the Economic Crimes Unit along with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson Township Police, Portsmouth Police, Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, Kenova Police (West Virginia), Mercer County Sheriff’s Office (Kentucky), Wood County Sheriff’s Office (West Virginia), and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.The defendant was convicted in Kentucky on similar charges. He currently is being held in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.
Ohio man indicted for cattle-rustling scheme