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Miller Memorial Tournament, p6-7Ottoville scholarship winners, p4
Property rezoning goes to third reading
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
Fischer Plumbing and Heating owner Jason Buettner shows DelphosCity Council members a map of his and the adjacent Wiechart propertyproposed for rezoning from R1 to B1. (Delphos Herald//Nancy Spencer)See PROPERTY, page 10
BY NANCY SPENCERHerald Editornspencer@delphosherald.com
 Library kicks off Summer Reading Program
Children ages preschoolers through fifth grade showed up at the Delphos PublicLibrary Tuesday to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. A variety of activitieswere available for the summer readers. Master Gardeners of Allen County suppliedpots and plants for summer readers to pot themselves. Above: Sisters Samanthaand Virginia Brotherwood put flowering plants in the pots they decorated. Below:Children work on a craft to take home. (Delphos Herald/Stacy Taff)St. John’s High School Language Arts teacher SueKnippen gives a final read to students’ papers. Knippen isretiring after 40 years in the classroom. (Delphos Herald/ Nancy Spencer)
By ANN SANNERAssociated Press
See KNIPPEN, page 10
2 The Herald Wednesday, June 5, 2013
For The Record
The Delphos Herald wantsto correct published errors inits news, sports and featurearticles. To inform the news-room of a mistake in publishedinformation, call the editorialdepartment at 419-695-0015.Corrections will be publishedon this page.
The DelphosHerald
Vol. 143 No. 249
Nancy Spencer, editorRay Geary, general managerDelphos Herald Inc.Don Hemple, advertising manager
Lori Silette
,circulation managerThe Delphos Herald(USPS 1525 8000) is publisheddaily except Sundays, Tuesdaysand Holidays.The Delphos Herald is deliv-ered by carrier in Delphos for$1.48 per week. Same daydelivery outside of Delphos isdone through the post officefor Allen, Van Wert or PutnamCounties. Delivery outside of these counties is $110 per year.Entered in the post officein Delphos, Ohio 45833 asPeriodicals, postage paid atDelphos, Ohio. 405 North Main St.TELEPHONE 695-0015Office Hours8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.POSTMASTER:Send address changesto THE DELPHOS HERALD,405 N. Main St.Delphos, Ohio 45833
Ruth P. Ford
Jan. 5 1915-June 4, 2013
Ruth P. Ford, 98, of Defiancedied at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday atBrookview Healthcare Center.She was born Jan. 5, 1915,in Grover Hill to Jacob andAgnes (Stahl) Edds, who pre-ceded her in death.On July 19, 1930, she mar-ried Forrest Ford, who pre-ceded her in death.Survivors include a son,William (Betty) Ford of Cloverdale; two sons-in-law,Robert Mason of Glendale,Ariz., and Ronald Giesigeof Sherwood; a sister, Ethyl(Leonard) Winters; eightgrandchildren, Chuck, Tom,Tony, Jacki, Dave, Bill, Keriand Nikki; many great-grand-children and several great-great -grandchildren.She was also preceded indeath by her sisters, Dorisand Jude; her brothers, Floyd,Carl and Paul; her daughters,Colleen and Rhoda; two grand-children and two great-grand-children.Mrs. Ford loved her fam-ily, fixing Sunday meals, goingto Arizona and volunteeringat the Interfaith Thrift Shop.She was a wonderful motherand grandmother. She was awoman of God and an inspira-tion to many.She was also a member of First Assembly of God Churchin Delphos for many years.Funeral services will be at2 p.m. Friday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, PastorCarol Retcher officiating.Visitation will be from 2-4p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Thursdayat the funeral home. Burial willfollow at Monroe Cemetery.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the CancerSociety.To leave condolences forthe family, visit harterand-schier.com.
Daniel L. Kaverman
Feb. 13, 1963-June 4, 2013
Daniel L. Kaverman, 50,of Delphos died at 1:20 p.m.Tuesday at his residence.He was born Feb. 13, 1963to Ken (Bea) Kaverman of Lexington, Ky., and ShirleyDrew (Bob Bridenstine) of Ruskin, Fla.On August 16, 1984, he wasunited in marriage to Cindy A.Jones of Delphos.Survivors include a son,Bradley (Jessica Arledge)Kaverman of Delphos;a daughter, BethanyKaverman of Delphos; a sis-ter, Vickie (Rodney) Bryanof Spencerville; two broth-ers, Duane (Jo) Kavermanof Lexington, Ky. and Tim(Becky Epling) Kaverman of Elida; and two grandchildren,Naudia and Natalee Kaverman.He was a great friend to alland truly loved spending timewith his family.He was also a member of Gardendale Church of God.Funeral services will beginat 11 a.m. Saturday at Harterand Schier Funeral Home.Visitation will be held onFriday from 2-8 p.m. at thefuneral home and on Saturdayone hour prior to the service.Burial will be at a later date.Memorial contributionsmay be made to the family.To leave condolences forthe family, visit harterandschi-er.com.
Mildred L. ‘Louise’Schleeter
Sept. 5, 1925-June 3, 2013
Mildred L. “Louise”Schleeter, 87, of Delphos diedat 1:45 a.m. Monday at TheMeadows of Kalida.She was born Sept. 5,1925, in St. Marys to the Rev.Orville and Cecile (Burden)Fisher, who preceded her indeath.On March 28, 1947, shemarried Leonard “Bud”Schleeter, who died on March7, 1996.Survivors include threesons, Danny (Linda) Schleeterof Lima, Steven (Pam)Schleeter of Fort Jenningsand Dale (Sandy) Schleeter of Wetzel; two daughters, Sharon(Ronnie) Foust of Delphosand Judy (Larry) Sanders of Ottawa; 15 grandchildren and36 great-grandchildren.She was also precededin death by four brothers,Eugene, Ellsworth, Wendelland William Fisher.Mrs. Schleeter was a nurseat Lima Memorial HealthSystem for 11 years. She wasa member of St. John theEvangelist Catholic Church.She enjoyed Yahtzee, crochet-ing, Scrabble and loved chil-dren and playing the piano.Mass of Christian Burialwill begin at 11 a.m. Fridayat St. John the EvangelistCatholic Church, the Rev.Chris Bohnsack officiating.Burial will be in the churchcemetery.Friends may call from 2-8p.m. Thursday at Harter andSchier Funeral Home, wherea Parish Wake will begin at7:30 p.m.Preferred memorials are tothe American Diabetes Assoc.or St. Jude’s.To leave condolences forthe family, visit harterand-schier.com.
Bernard A. Averesch
June 9, 1935June 3, 2013
Bernard A. Averesch, 77,of Kalida died at 4:30 a.m.Monday at St. Rita’s MedicalCenter, Lima.He was born June 9, 1935,in Cloverdale to Bernard andAnna (Wolke) Averesch, whopreceded him in death.On June 20, 1959, he mar-ried Mary Jane Niemeyer, whosurvives in Kalida.Also surviving are hiseight children, Marlene (Phil)Griffith of Ottawa, Lynda(Glen) Fortman, Diane (Jeff)Schroeder, Kathy (Gerry)Vorst, Michele (Dean) Niese,Deb (Jeff) Sheaks and Eric(Brenda Delarber) Avereschof Kalida and Lisa (Dirk)Rummel of Lima; 21 grand-children; six great-grandchil-dren; two brothers, Raymond(Dorothy) Averesch of Kalidaand Ralph (Judy) Averesch of Ottoville; and a sister-in-law:Sandy Averesch of Landeck.He was also precededin death by a son, KevinRaymond Averesch; threebrothers, Wilfred, Gerald andHarold Averesch; and twosisters, Angeline Erhart andCarmelita Schnipke.Mr. Averesch retired fromPhilips Display Components,Ottawa, after 42 years. Hewas a member of St. MichaelCatholic Church, Kalida, andits Holy Name Society. He wasa member of Kalida Knights of Columbus and the Kalida Fishand Game. He served in theNational Guard.Mass of Christian Burialwill be 10:30 a.m. Thursday atSt. Michael Catholic Church,the Rev. Mark Hoying officiat-ing. Burial will follow in thechurch cemetery.Visitation will be from 2-8p.m. today at Love FuneralHome, Ottawa, where therewill be a Holy Name andKnights of Columbus Rosaryat 7:30 p.m.Memorials may be made toa charity of the donor’s choice.Condolences can beexpressed at lovefuneralhome.com.
WEATHER FORECASTTri-countyAssociated PressTODAY:
Mostly sunny.Highs in the upper 70s. Eastwinds 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudythrough midnight then becom-ing cloudy. Chance of show-ers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm. Lows in theupper 50s. Northeast winds 5to 10 mph. Chance of measur-able precipitation 40 percent.
Mostlycloudy with a chance of show-ers and a slight chance of a thunderstorm. Highs in thelower 70s. Northeast winds 5to 10 mph. Chance of measur-able precipitation 40 percent.
 Mostly cloudy with a 30 per-cent chance of showers. Lowsin the upper 50s. Northeastwinds 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly cloudy.Highs in the lower 70s.
Partly cloudy. Lowsin the upper 50s. Highs in themid 70s.
One Year Ago
With just 16 days untilthe 10th annual Relay forLife of Delphos, committeemembers are making sureteams are ready to talk thetalk and walk the walk. Thisyear’s event is held June 22and 23 at the CommunityTrack at Jefferson HighSchool. Twenty-five teamswill take to the track for the18-hour event.
25 Years Ago – 1988
Immaculate ConceptionCatholic Church, Ottoville,will celebrate the 100thanniversary of its foundingSept. 23, 1988. The churchwas founded in 1848 by theRev. John Otto Bredeick.The present church build-ing was started in 1885and completed in 1888.Dedication of the churchwas on Sept. 23, 1888. Inconnection with the cen-tennial year, artifacts anddisplays for viewing are inthe basement of the church.Franklin ElementarySchool honored studentsfor their achievements atits annual awards assembly.Student Council memberswho were awarded certifi-cates and had their namesplaced on a plaque are KevinGibson, Brian Haunhorst,Lisa Metcalfe, ReneeStraman, Ryan Brenneman,T. J. Kohorst, AmberKimmet, Scott Kimmet,Jay Hoersten, Max Wisher,Shelly Schleeter, MichelleGunter, Larry Lindeman,Harmony Brenneman andJason Cross.Both Jefferson girlsrelay teams qualified forthe Class A state finalsSaturday at Ohio Stadium,Columbus. The 4x200-meter relay team of KimCarmean, Laura Schmelzer,Kathy Grothaus andStephanie McClure fin-ished its qualifying heatin 1:49. The 4x400-meterrelay of Heather Barnes,Carmean, Schmelzer andMcClure finished in 4:12.
50 Years Ago – 1963
Fourteen membersof Delphos MethodistYouth Fellowship willbe among 500 youth tomeet at Lakeside, OhioMethodist ConferenceGrounds, for the LimaDistrict Senior MethodistYouth Fellowship Institute,June 9-15. Youth attend-ing from Delphos are JackRozelle, John Ayers, DianeBroaddus, Jill Ditto, CarolMueller, Carol Armstrong,Mary Baumgartner, GeraldRozelle, Susan Truesdale,Charlyn Buettner, MichaelKaskel, Barbara Ladd,Maxine Foust and DonaldHull.Delphos Country Clubwill hold its annual JuniorSummer dance June 15 atthe clubhouse northwest of Delphos. Tommy Ross andhis orchestra will providethe music.Members of the PastChiefs Association of thelocal Pythian Sisters hadtheir husbands as guests atthe group’s annual picnicheld Tuesday evening atthe country home of Mrs.Lewis Vogt. Mrs. HarveyRice served as assistanthostess. In contests held,Virgil Buchanan and AlfredAllemeier were most suc-cessful.
75 Years Ago – 1938
Final preparations forVan Wert’s famous PeonyFestival to be held June8 are nearing completion.Fifty-eight bands are inreadiness to participatein the gigantic afternoonand evening parades. TheJefferson High School bandwill be in the parade. Thecoronation of Betty JaneAlthoen as Queen JubileeVII will be an event of regal splendor.A new roadside pocketpark is being construct-ed by 15 National YouthAdministration boys undersupervision of NormaDoepker, Putnam Countysuperintendent of StateHighways, at the cornerof U. S. Route 224 andState Route 190, north of Delphos. The NYA boyswill help with the drillingof a well and construct out-door picnic ovens, picnictables and benches and toi-lets at the park site.Mrs. Robert Grangerwas elected as president of the Faith-Hope Class of theUnited Brethren Church ata regular meeting of theclass held Friday eveningwith Mr. and Mrs. MarionRigdon, west of Delphos.Other officers chosen wereMarion Rigdon, vice presi-dent; Howard Hoover,secretary; and Mrs. FredKiggins, treasurer.Corn $6.96Wheat $6.74Soybeans $15.42
Credit card theft under investigation
An employee at a businesson Gressel Drive in Delphosreported Monday that anunknown subject had gotteninto her locker and stolen acredit card. The victim foundthat multiple charges weremade on the card before itwas cancelled.This incident is underinvestigation by the DetectiveBureau.
Teen arrested fordomestic violence
At 8:46 p.m. on Sunday,officers were dispatched to aresidence in the 600 block of North Main Street in referenceto a domestic dispute.After further investiga-tion, officers found probablecause to arrest the suspect,19-year-old Nadine Clarkson,for causing physical harm to ahousehold member.Clarkson will appear on acharge of domestic violence inLima Municipal Court.
Cash, medicationmissing after break in
At 3:11 on Monday, offi-cers received a complaint of a residence being broken intoin Holland Trailer Court, 202Holland Avenue.The victim stated that anunknown subject entered herresidence through a lockedback door. Items taken includ-ed a small amount of cashand some prescription medi-cations.This incident is underinvestigation.A boy, Waylon Lee, wasborn at 11:35 a.m. on May 28to Jon and Maria Diltz.He weighed 7 pounds, 14ounces and was 20 incheslong.Grandparents are Mindyand Jim Moreland, DaveKlaus and Justin and MarciaDiltz.CLEVELAND (AP) —These Ohio lotteries weredrawn Tuesday:
Mega Millions
10-11-12-20-55, MegaBall: 19
Pick 3 Evening
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2013 CadillaC Cts
3.0 V-6,Silver/Tan, AWD, Full Top.
2013 CadillaC Xts awd
4 Door,Di. White, Tan Leather, Loaded 2K.
2013 Chevy impala lt2
White,Tan Leather, Everything.
2012 BuiCk enClave CXl
Di.White, Tow Pkg., Leather, 14K.
2012 BuiCk Regal CXl
Lt. TanMet., Leather, Dual Power Seats, 12K.
2012 ChevRolet impala
CyberGray, Sunroof, Leather, 12K, 3.6 V-6,6-Speed Auto.
2012 ChRysleR town &CountRy van
Bk. Met., Loaded, 19K.
2012 FoRd esCape
4 Door, Gray,XLT, 35K, AWD.
2012 gmC yukon slt
Di. White,Every Option Available, 12K, 22"Wheels.
2011 Chevy maliBu ltZ
4 Door,3.6 V-6, White, Bk. Leather, 17K.
2011 honda CiviC
4 Door,Charcoal, Cloth Interior, 11K, Auto.
2010 ChevRolet CamaRo
2 Door,V-6, 7K, Special Blue Met./Silver Striping.
2010 ChRysleR town &CountRy touRing van
Gold Met.,37K, New Tires, Excellent Condition
2010 ChRysleR town &CountRy touRing van
Silver, 20K.
2010 FoRd esCape limited
4Cyl., Red/Tan Leather, Loaded, 31K.
2010 maZda 6
V-6, 4 Door, Black,Roof, 24K, Loaded.
2009 BuiCk luCeRne
4 Door, Red, TanLeather Roof, Chromes, Hot & Cold Seats.
2008 satuRn outlook
FWD,White, Tan Cloth, 41K.
2008 toyota avalon Xls
 2-Blue/Gray Leather, 50K, Loaded
2007 BuiCk RendeZvous CX
3Seats, Br. Tan Cloth, 83K, Excellent Condition.
2007 ChevRolet hhR
4 Door,Black, Gray Leather, 27K, Chromes,Senior Owned.
2007 hyundai aZeRa limited
 4 Door, Loaded, Fern Mist, Only 42K.
2006 pontiaC solstiCeConveRtiBle
Black, Tan & GrayLeather, 94K, 5 Spd.
2004 ChevRolet CoRvetteCoupe
16K, Red, Like New, 6 Spd.
2003 gmC 1-ton auto
A/C,Power Steering, Brakes, 10-foot CargoBox, 100K, 4.8 V-8.
2000 linColn town CaR sig
 Di. White, Extra Clean, 93K.
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Kalida High School Honor Roll
All A’sSixth grade
Tara Gerding, Trevor Lambert, Grant Laudick, ChristianNartker, Trevor Vorst, Jack Zeller. Seventh gradeNick Cleemput, Brady Decker, Kevin Hamburg, JacobKahle, Josh Klausing, Sarah Klausing, Taylor Lucke, ToriNiese, Kierstan Siebeneck, Jaylen Vandemark, Taylor Zeller.
Eighth grade
Kelly Doepker, Bailey Eickholt, Brianna Good, JeffreyKnueve, Alexis Schroeder, Trent Siebeneck and Jade Zeller.
Sarah Hovest, Joni Kaufmam, Brady Laudick, BrookeLucke, Allison Recker, Kaleb Selhorst, Allison Siebeneck,Katelyn Siebeneck, Grant Unverferth and Alex von derEmbse.
Mariah Doepker, Erin Knueve, Devin Kortokrax, LukeLanghals, Nicole Recker and Logan Roebke.
Dana Cattell, Alexis Decker, Meredith Kromer, Pat Millott,Kylie Siebeneck, Whitney Smith, Elizabeth Turnwald andJustine Verhoff.
Andrea Bellmann, Carrie Gerding, Rich Langhals, RafaelaMarone, Amy Smith, Kaylyn Verhoff and Eric Warnecke.
AB Honor RollSixth grade
Sami Backus, Rachael Basinger, Keith Doepker, MelissaErhart, Adam Fitzgerald, Nicole Fortman, Halie Kaufman,Connor Krouse, Lauren Langhals, Treyton Martin, ClayMeyer, Owen Niemeyer, Makenna Niese, Owen Recker,Ethan Schmenk, Cameron Siebeneck, Hannah Smith, JoshVerhoff, Paul von der Embse and Allison Wurth.
Seventh grade
Anna Berheide, Alicia Dunn, Dillon Elkins, Kyona Gray,Trent Guisinger, Chandler Hopkins, Rachel Kahle, AlexMeyers, Carter Moore, Kara Siefker, Hannah Warn andKamryn Webken.
Eighth grade
Derek Buss, Erica Edwards, Ryan Ellerbrock, KristenFortman, Reed Fuller, Lucas Gerding, Keara Hopkins,Hannah Kahle, Layne Keefer, Brooke Kimball, Dana Knueve,Noah Lambert, Abby Langhals, Samantha Langhals, TylerLehman, Carlee Miller, Collin Nartker, Griffin Recker,Sierra Schroeder, Caleb Siebeneck, Jenna Siefker, ErikVerhoff and Adam von der Embse.
Cathy Basinger, Kylie Buss, Maddison Edelbrock,Alexa Ellerbrock, Brandon Erhart, Trent Gerding, AdamGoergens, Brittany Kahle, Trevor Maag, Samantha Nagy,Kylie Osterhage, Paige Roller, Brandon Verhoff, ReneeVorst, Kassie Warnecke, Trey Webken, Sidney White andAllison Wurth.
Rebecca Brinkman, Katey Buss, Jacob Dunn, MollyEllerbrock, Zach Erhart, Jackie Gardner, Kennedy Hoffman,Trevor Holtkamp, Ericka Kimball, Morgan Niese, OliviaSchmenk, Derek Schroeder, Megan Vine, Alexis Vorst,Spencer Vorst, Casey Wehri and Grant Zeller.
Thadd Backus, Joe Gerdeman, Trevor Guisinger, DylanHoffman, Ryan Kahle, Katelyn Kortokrax, Andrew Krouse,Cody Niese, Kiersten Recker, Nicole Reindel, MichaelSchroeder, Derek Verhoff, Sarah Verhoff and Randy Zeller.
Leah Berheide, Damon Birkemeier, Jessica Doepker,Anthony Dunn, Kristi Honigfort, Adam Knueve, KaylaSiefker, Casey Unverferth, Jordan Wurth and Joel Zeller.
VW Elks lodgeannounces Flag Dayobservance
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VAN WERT — All citi-zens are encouraged toattend the annual Flag DayServices which will be held onWednesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.in the Elks lodge home.The annual event is spon-sored by the Benevolent andProtective Order of Elks. Alsoparticipating will be the VanWert unit of the Civil AirPatrol.Flag Day, celebratedeach June 14 as specified byPresident Woodrow Wilsonin 1916, honors the creationof the Stars and Stripes asthe official flag of the UnitedStates. Flag Day did notbecome formally recognizeduntil President Truman, him-self an Elk, signed the resolu-tion in 1949 declaring FlagDay an official national holi-day.The continental Congressadopted the design of the Starsand Stripes on June 14, 1877,resolving that “The flag of theUnited States shall be thirteenstripes, alternate red and whiteon a blue field, representing anew constellation.”The Elks is the first andonly fraternal organizationto mandate that on June 14thevery year, each lodge mustconduct a solemn and beauti-ful Flag Day ceremony. Thisceremony is open to the publicso that we can show our localcommunities that we honorour flag and all it represents.As part of this year’s cer-emony the local lodge win-ners of the Grand LodgeAmericanism Contest willread their winning essays.Gerard Mazur, exaltedruler of Van Wert Elks Lodge1197, encourages all citizensto attend the lodge’s Flag Dayceremony and demonstratetheir love of flag and coun-try. All citizens are asked toproudly display the flag onFlag Day.
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As a part of the Van WertPeony Festival, a free fishingderby for kids ages 3-13 willbe held Saturday, June 8 from9-11 a.m. at the YMCA CampClay pond, 9196 Liberty UnionRd. All you need is your ownfishing rod or pole with thenecessary tackle for your kidsto fish from the pond’s shore-line. Bait will be furnishedfree of charge. A State of Ohiofishing license is not required.Only children will be allowedto fish during this time, noadults. Children must holdtheir own fishing pole dur-ing the derby; an adult cannothold the rod or pole for them.Volunteers will be available toassist with removing fish andbaiting hooks as necessary. Allfishing is catch and release.A total of 10 prizes will beawarded to the first, second,and third longest fish caughtfor each age group, as well asan award for the overall longestfish caught. Prizes awarded arefishing related items. The over-all prize is a fishing pole.Remember to dress appro-priately for the weather expect-ed on Fishing Derby day. Thisevent will only be canceled if the weather prevents safe out-door activity at Camp Clay. Itwill not be rescheduled. Pleasecheck the official website atvanwertpeony.com for the sta-tus of the Free Fishing Derby.For more information, visitvanwertpeony.org or contactTrudy Webster at (419)605-6049.
Stumps and Stump- Jumpers
LIMA — Allen CountyChapter of Ohio GenealogySociety will meet on Sunday,June 16 at 2 p.m. at the AllenCounty Museum, 620 W.Market St., Lima.The name of the programthis month is
“Stumps andStump-Jumpers.”
It’s likea roundtable discussion ora question and answer ses-sion. The person is stumpedresolving the problem and theStump-Jumpers are the mem-bers answering the questions.If you’ve come against a brickwall about an ancestor, you canask a question and memberswill discuss it or give sugges-tions how to research it.The public is invited andrefreshments will be served.
Fake healthinsurance entitytargets Ohioans
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COLUMBUS - OhioLieutenant Governor andInsurance Director MaryTaylor has issued a cease anddesist order to United StatesContractors Trust (USCT) forselling fictitious health insur-ance coverage to at least fourOhioans. USCT is not licensedto sell insurance in Ohio andhas also recently been orderedto stop its unauthorizedinsurance business in SouthCarolina, North Carolina,Vermont, Florida and Maine.“Our mission at theDepartment is to protectOhioans and take action againstthose who prey on innocent con-sumers,” Taylor said. “We urgeOhio consumers with informa-tion about this scam to contactthe Department immediately.”USCT is targeting peopleover the Internet with pre-exist-ing health conditions that areexperiencing difficulty findinginsurance. Desperate to secureindividual or family healthinsurance, the Ohioans eagerlycompleted contact informationforms on innocuous-lookingwebsites. The victims were thencalled by a USCT representa-tive and eventually signed-upfor what they thought was insur-ance. The victims agreed to havethe monthly premium, rangingfrom $200 to $550, debited fromtheir bank accounts.The victims’ first few claimswere paid but thereafter theybegan to receive unpaid medi-cal bills and calls from medi-cal providers explaining theywere having difficulty pro-cessing the claim with USCT.When contacted by the victimsand medical providers, USCTblamed the mix-up on comput-er problems and explained thematter would be resolved soon.This back and forth continuedfor months while money con-tinued to be withdrawn fromthe victims’ checking accounts.The Ohio Department of Insurance advises potentialvictims of this scam to take thefollowing immediate steps:Contact your bank and havethe automatic premium with-drawals stopped. Then call theDepartment’s fraud hotline at1-800-686-1527.Avoiding Health InsuranceScams:• Fake insurance companiesand dishonest people often tryto sell coverage that is usu-ally difficult to secure and sellpolicies that are significantlycheaper. If it seems too good tobe true, it usually is.• Ask if the company andperson representing the prod-uct are licensed in Ohio. Thenconfirm the license status atwww.insurance.ohio.gov andby calling 1-800-686-1526.• Be cautious if there are notmany questions about your health.Ask your own hard questionsabout the coverage and company.• Be mindful that scammerswill make marketing materials,letterhead and websites appearlegitimate, including copyingand using official documen-tation from real companies.Always carefully read andscrutinize all materials, includ-ing information on websites.• Never provide your check-ing account number to haveyour premiums automaticallydeducted unless you are deal-ing with a reputable company.Be suspicious if you are beingpressured into using the directdeposit payment method.If you believe you’ve beenvictimized by this scam, call theDepartment’s fraud hotline at1-800-686-1527. You can alsoreport it at www.insurance.ohio.gov.
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