Attorney General Mike DeWine says seven Ohioans are charged in a scam that targeted senior citizens and even involved someone impersonating DeWine.
A Ross County grand jury indicted five men and two women on charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, theft from an elderly person, conspiracy and telecommunications fraud. DeWine says they also impersonated attorneys and judges while stealing about $400,000 from six victims in Ross, Pickaway and Hocking counties. Prosecutors say some victims were told a defendant was expecting money from a lawsuit and they'd get interest on their investment by helping with legal fees. Authorities say others were told they stood to inherit millions after paying fees.