Identity Theft

Dublin man sentenced to prison in identity theft scheme

A suburban Columbus man has been sentenced to eight years in prison in an identity-theft ring that cost its victims nearly one million dollars. Assistant Greene County Prosecutor Jeff Hunter says 53-year-old Gregory Vonhoupe of Dublin pleaded no contest to 50 of the original 192 counts against him, including conspiracy, identity fraud and forgery. Authorities say Vonhoupe was convicted in a previous scheme 20 years ago. Vonhoupe's wife, Sabrina, and several other women are accused of stealing bank account information and driver's licenses from about 400 Columbus-area residents. Police say they used the information to go shopping in Greene, Franklin, Montgomery and Greene counties between October 2000 and July 2003. Sabrina James Vonhoupe is scheduled to go on trial in October.