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Former Cincinnati officer sentenced for fraud

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A former Cincinnati Police Officer has been sentenced to three years in prison for fraud.

Adrian Mitchell, 35, was also ordered to pay restitution for his scheme to defraud an insurance company and a Cincinnati woman out of approximately $188,327 in life insurance proceeds.

Mitchell will begin serving his sentence immediately.

Mitchell pled guilty on Feb. 11, 2009 to one count of mail fraud and one count of filing a false income tax return. Investigators say he operated a foreclosure rescue/real estate business he called R.I.C.H. properties. Mitchell solicited homeowners in financial distress offering to help them avoid foreclosure by selling their house to him. In August 2005, the owner of one of the properties Mitchell bought committed suicide. Mitchell forged the survivor's signature on a life insurance claim form, falsely represented himself as a family member to the insurance company, and deposited the life insurance proceeds into his business bank accounts. 

Mitchell also pleaded guilty to claiming approximately $58,961 in false business expenses on his 2004 federal income tax return.

Mitchell was ordered to pay restitution of $188,327 to the victim and restitution to the IRS in the amount of $101,274.  He was also fined $2,000 and must serve three years of supervised release at the conclusion of his prison sentence.

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