(This story has been updated to include the names of the victims involved and some of the details of what Brandon White, of Lucasville, Ohio is accused of doing.)
LOGAN, Ohio — A Hocking County man is facing felony charges after allegedly bilking several cattle owners out of their cattle and, in one case, a pickup truck.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said May 29 that Brandon White, 28, of Lucasville, Ohio, has been indicted for running a scheme in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia where he allegedly purchased more than $30,000 worth of livestock and vehicles using fraudulent checks and falsified documents.
White was arraigned May 29 after being indicted by a Hocking County grand jury May 22.
The indictment includes 15 counts:
• Engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, first degree felony;
• Grand theft of a motor vehicle, fourth degree felony (two counts);
• Theft of an elderly person, fourth degree felony;
• Theft of an elderly person, third degree felony;
• Theft by deception, fifth degree felony (five counts);
• Money laundering, third degree felony (two counts);
• Tampering with records, third degree felony (three counts);
Summary of events
White is accused of using fraudulent checks to purchase cattle from farmers who had advertised cattle to sell on
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.
According to the court indictment, White deceived David Jeffers, of Hocking County, and used his 3500 Dodge Ram pickup truck without his permission, which resulted in the grand theft charge and theft by deception charges.
In addition, he was able to obtain cattle from at least five cattle owners in Hocking County. The cattle stolen from James K. Beglin is valued at more than $12,100 on two different occasions. Because Beglin is over 65 years old, White’s actions contributes to the theft of an elderly person charge.
White is also accused of obtaining cattle from Montie Kuhn, also in Hocking County, which had a value of more than $1,700. He also got away with cattle belonging to Tom Sanders for cattle worth $3,200, and cattle owned by Brian Jones with a price tag of $6,295.In addition, White is accused of depriving Danny Fordyce of cattle worth $6,150.
He also tried to trade bottle calves, which was also found to be part of the pattern of unlawful activity during November 2013.
According to the indictment, White also tried to falsify data including a bill of sale reflecting seller information and a false vehicle identification number to the Scioto County Clerk of Courts and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which resulted in the charge of tampering with records.
The indictment also details how White tried to obtain a loan for a trailer from Trail West Trailer and a loan from Eagle Loan Co. of Ohio, using proceeds from unlawful activity, which resulted in the money laundering charges.This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s 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. White was convicted in Mercer County, Kentucky, on similar charges. He currently is being held in the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.
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