|Car dealer sentenced to 6 years for theft, fraud|
|Written by Joe Awad|
|Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:13 PM|
Long-time Harrison car dealer Albert Lee Brown, 64, is headed to prison for six years for aggravated theft, tampering with records, and theft.
Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jerome Metz sentenced Brown Thursday, April 11, after he agreed to a plea bargain in which the State of Ohio and the Hamilton County Prosecutor's office dropped several theft and fraud charges.
Nevertheless, Brown could have received 36 years behind bars if Metz had chosen to sentence him to the the full extent of the law.
The judge was about to sentence Brown on Wednesday, April 10, when suddenly he postponed sentencing until Thursday because he was late for an Ohio Supreme Court meeting.
The Hamilton County grand jury indicted Brown in February for a laundry list of felonies, including depriving Merchants Bank & Trust of at least $150,000 from about Sept. 1, 2010, to the end of July last year, according to prosecutorial records.
The grand jury also indicted Brown with fraud for altering
The prosecution told Metz that Brown initially had stolen more than $350,000 from the bank. The bank seized his home and sold it, Brown told the judge.
The fraud crimes entailed creating fake certificates of title for vehicles after the titles were seized.