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Criminal Justice Update Spring 2012 (PDF)

Criminal Justice Update Spring 2012 (PDF)

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 AG pursues scammers
Continued on Page 7 Continued on Page 7 
COVER 
STORY
The Consumer ProtectionSection’s Economic Crimes Divisionhelps local law enforcement andprosecutors identify, investigate,and prosecute consumer fraudof a criminal nature.
Fo the past fou yeas, Todd andJessica Steinhaus of Coshocton postedthousands of Caigslist ads acoss the county advetising tickets to the Wold Seies, NBA Finals,Supe Bowl, and concets featuing Katy Pey, Kenny Chesney, and Ushe.Thei claims wee false. But they wee believable enough to dupe unsuspecting consumes in36 states and Canada into sending money. The Steinhauses scammed consumes in Cleveland,Columbus, Cincinnati, New Yok, Chicago, Los Angeles, and othe cities out of moe than $200,000.A coopeative investigation led by theOhio Attoney Geneal’s new EconomicCimes Division involved the Bueauof Ciminal Investigation, the BooklynHeights and Mount Venon police depat-ments, and Coshocton County Sheiff’s
Ofce. In December, the pair pleaded
guilty to fou felonies. Todd Steinhaus wassentenced to six yeas in pison and hiswife to fou.
4
 
Failure to deliver
— Scammesadvetise goods, sevices, o popetyonline, but neve delive afte eceiving payment.
4
 
Work from home offers
— Con atistsoffe jobs as “Intenet entepeneus”o “web-mall hosts,” which equieup-font fees. “Secet shoppes”aeasked to cash a check and send patof the poceeds elsewhee to testanothe business’ custome sevice.In each case, job seekes get little onothing and ae out thei cash.
4
 
Payment fraud
— Individualslegitimately selling goods o sevicesonline ae contacted by a “buye” whoovepays with a fake check o ceditcad and asks to be eimbused thediffeence.
4
 
Grandparent scams
— Scammespose as fiends o family membes inneed to convince thei tagets towie money.
4
 
Contractor fraud
— “Contactos”aange to do home impovements,sometimes even daft contacts, butdo little o nothing afte taking consumes’ money.
Top Scams
Fo Sgt. Michael Lang of the Englewood Police Depatment, the day he was able to tell a25-yea-old woman that a man suspected of aping he moe than 10 yeas ealie had beenaested stands out as one of his best on the job.A beak in the case came thanks to a new law that equies the collection of DNA fom allfelony aestees. That aspect of fome Senate Bill 77 took effect July 1, 2011.The next day, Madison County sheiff’s deputies aested a man on a felony abductionchage and authoities collected his DNA. When enteed into the Bueau of Ciminal Inves-tigation’s CODIS database, it matched DNA collected afte the ape of a 14-yea-old gilin Englewood in 2001. A gand juy indicted the suspect on multiple chages in that case,and he is awaiting tial.
“Informing the victim and her family that this long, torturous mystery was nally
moving towad closue was one of the happiest moments of my caee,” Sgt.
New law helps solve cold cases
 — Attorney General Mike DeWine
‘Every new DNA prole 
represents an opportunity to
resolve cases that may have 
been pending for years, to
bring criminals to justice,and to bring closure tovictims. That’s what Senate Bill 77 is doing.’ 
 
CrIMINAL JUSTICE
UpdatE
Criminal Justice Update
typically
is publishedfou times a yea by the Ohio Attoney
General’s Ofce, primarily for members of 
Ohio’s ciminal justice community.To shae stoy ideas o alet us to addesschanges, contact Edito May Alice Casey at
614-728-5417
o
Mary.Alice.Casey@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov
.Volume 4, Issue 2Sping 2012Copyight 2012
by Ohio Attorney General’s Ofce
30 E. Boad St., 17th FlooColumbus, OH 43215
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/CriminalJusticeUpdate
2 CrIMINAL JUSTICE UPDATE
 attorney Generl Mike deWine hers n overview of BCI’s mobile crime lb cpbilities.
In its rst review of GPS tracking, the U.S.
 Supeme Cout uled in Januay in
United Statesv. Jones
that law enfocement must have aseach waant befoe attaching a GPS tacking device to a subject’s vehicle. The cout held thatthe attachment and infomation gleaned fommonitoing a subject’s movements on publicsteets constitutes a “seach” within the mean-ing of the Fouth Amendment.In 2005, fedeal agents secetly attached a GPSdevice to a Jeep diven by Antoine Jones whileit was paked in a public paking lot. The agentsmonitoed Jones’ tavels fo 28 days and usedthe esulting data to help secue a conviction fo
his participation in a drug trafcking conspiracy.
When consideing govenmental intusion using technology, those in the ciminal justice systemoften think of the “easonable expectation of pivacy” ationale set foth in
Katz v. UnitedStates
in 1967.In
 Jones
, howeve, the cout ecognized the
Katz 
fomulation, but noted, “Fo most of ouhistoy, the Fouth Amendment was undestoodto embody a paticula concen fo govenmenttespass upon the aeas (‘pesons, houses,papes, and effects’) it enumeates.”In eaching its decision in
 Jones
, theSupeme Cout emphasized, “We have nodoubt that such a physical intusion wouldhave been consideed a ‘seach’ within themeaning of the Fouth Amendment when itwas adopted. … The govenment physicallyoccupied pivate popety fo the pupose of obtaining infomation.”Based on
 Jones
, law enfocement agenciesshould ensue thei policies equie a seach
warrant before ofcers attach or monitor
GPS tacking devices on taget vehicles, eventhose located in public places.
Visit
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/LawEnforcementBulletin
to view and sign upfor a new monthly newsletter that highlightskey court cases.
As a posecuting attoney, I leaned ealy in mycaee that people facing mental health pob-lems wee cycling though ou ciminal justicesystem time and again, eceiving jail o pisontime athe than the teatment they needed.My colleague Ohio Supeme Cout JusticeEvelyn Lundbeg Statton saw the same thing yeas ago as a tial judge.Ou shaed inteest in the poblem, whichwe have woked on togethe in the past, haspompted a new patneship that I believe holdsmuch pomise. It’s called the Attoney Geneal’sTask Foce on Ciminal Justice and Mental Ill-ness, a new goup that is building on the wokof a committee Justice Statton fomed moethan a decade ago.
(See story, Page 5.)
A couple things ae especially exciting aboutthis effot.Fist, it involves some of the best minds acossOhio who ae in a position to help addess thisvexing poblem. Not only do these individuals— epesenting law enfocement, the judicial
system, the mental health eld, housing groups,
veteans’ advocates, education, and moe —have the know-how to make a diffeence, theyshae a vey eal desie to do so.This is an action-oiented goup. Just as JusticeStatton and I ae co-chaiing the task foce,pais of expets ae leading its 10 subcommit-
tees. They have identied problems, and they
ae woking with thei colleagues on and outside
the task force to nd solutions.
The numbe of people with mental illness in jailsand pisons has gown in ecent decades as stateteatment facilities closed and community-based
programs lacked the resources to ll the void.
We won’t solve the many issues involved ove-night, but we can effect eal change. And thatwill ceate a bette envionment fo Ohio fami-lies, individuals with mental illness and thei
loved ones, and peace ofcers across the state.
Vey espectfully yous,Mike DeWineOhio Attoney Geneal
Help or consumers
I am vey pleased with the pogess of ou Consume Potection Section’s newEconomic Cimes Division. The unit’s wokhas led to felony chages against 14 scamatists, and additional investigationshold pomise.With you help, we can cack down oncimes against consumes that polifeateduing had economic times such as these.I uge law enfocement and posecutos totun to ou staff fo help in identifying, in-vestigating, and posecuting cimes againstconsumes. Authoities wishing assistancecan visit
www.OHLEG.org
and click on“Economic Cimes — Assistance to Law En-focement” o send an e-mail to
EconomicCrimes@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.
 
 
SPRING 2012 3
 VaNtaGE
POINT
The Tom Stickrath fle
Law enfocementfom acoss the statewill gathe at 11 a.m.May 3 to hono six of thei pees who lostthei lives in the lineof duty in 2011 and six histoical nomi-
nees. The Ohio Peace Ofcers’ Memorial
Ceemony — making its 25th annivesay
— will take place at the Ohio Peace Ofcer
Taining Academy in London.
Those lost in 2011:
Deputy Suzanne M. Hopper of theClark County Sheriff’s Ofce, who was
shot on Jan. 1, 2011, while espond-ing to a call at a local campgound
Ofcer Thomas R. Hayes of the
 Columbus Division of Police, who diedJan. 20, 2011, fom complicationsesulting fom a 1979 gunshot wound
Ofcer Jonathan V. Bastock of the
Stow Police Depatment, who died Feb.5, 2011, fom an on-duty injuy
Capt. Daniel Stiles of the Uniontown
Police Depatment, who died Feb. 15,
2011, while directing trafcOfcer Andrew S. Dunn of the
 Sandusky Police Depatment, whowas shot while confonting a suspecton Mach 19, 2011
Sgt. Brian S. Dulle of the Warren CountySheriff’s Ofce, who died May 10, 2011,
afte being stuck by a suspect’s vehicle
On striving for excellence 
I shae the Attoney Geneal’s vision that BCI vey clealybe the best at what we do — be the best investigativeagency, the best laboatoy, the best opeation of outype in the county. How you achieve that is thoughcustome sevice, undestanding ou customes’ needs,undestanding whee BCI adds value. I’ve told ouleadeship team that this is a new nomal — this levelof engagement, the inceased numbe of cases coming into ou lab, the high level of investigations and callsthat we get — so we need to get used to the pace. I setthe ba high, and I have high expectations.
On BCI’s strategies for improvement 
If somebody’s doing something bette than us, I wantto lean fom that. We’e looking at othe labs, at bestpactices, and benchmaks. So we’ll get thee by hiing the best, looking fo the best, eading the eseach, andengaging with Ohio eseaches and academicians.
On BCI’s relationship with local authorities 
I want them to think of us as tue patnes. I’ve spent alot of time talking with sheiffs and chiefs and posecu-
Hometown:
Maietta, Ohio
Education:
He holds a bachelo’sdegee in business administationand a law degee, both fom OhioState Univesity.
Family:
His wife, Denise, is a ceti-
ed public accountant. They have
two daughtes, Kelsey, a collegesophomoe, and Kylie, an eighth-gade.
Past roles:
Stickath has sevedas diecto of the Ohio Depatmentof Public Safety; diecto of theOhio Depatment of Youth Se-vices; assistant diecto, egionaldiecto, waden and chief inspec-to fo the Ohio Depatment of re-habilitation and Coection; and asinteim diecto of the Goveno’s
Ofce of Criminal Justice Services.
HONORING
THE FALLEN
tos. I want them to see us as that patne and that place that adds value to the law enfocement
community through our specialties — through our Laboratory, Identication, and Investigations divi
-sions. The Law Enfocement roundtables that the Attoney Geneal has been holding acoss thestate ae geat vehicles to get the message out. I give sheiffs and chiefs my cell phone numbe andtell them to call me 24/7. And they take me up on that — fotunately not evey night o evey minute!
On what best prepared him for this role 
I’m not a scientist and I’m not a police ofcer, and so I have great respect for those who are. What
helped me, othe than having the oppotunity to hold leadeship positions in othe lage oganiza-tions, is woking with a boad spectum of pactitiones in the cimi-nal justice community. That gives me a stong undestanding of the
criminal justice system and where the pieces t together.
On his management style 
I believe stongly in “management by walking aound,” by walking and talking. That’s how I lean. It’s been one of my main manage-ment pinciples in evey position that I’ve had. You can lean muchmoe by talking to staff than you can by pushing pape. And, you know, that’s a challenge, becausethee’s plenty of pape to push and phone calls and e-mails to answe. It’s also impotant to tellpeople that they’e doing a good job. All manages have to deal with people fom time to time whoaen’t pefoming, but I like to catch people doing things ight. That’s impotant.
READ MORE:
Read an extended interview with Tom Stickrath at
www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/CriminalJusticeUpdate
.Caleb Dunn hugs a memorial to his dad, Andrew 
Dunn, a Sandusky police ofcer who will be
among those honored May 3. (Photo courtesy of  Jason Werling/The Sandusky Register.)

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