Developer convicted of misusing money for Cincinnati project
A developer was convicted today of charges that he mis-used more than 180-thousand dollars of public money intended for a theater renovation project.
Prosecutors said LaShawn Pettus-Brown defrauded Cincinnati by fleeing without having finished the project to renovate the 90-year-old Empire Theatre. Cincinnati had to demolish the theater in 2003 after part of its roof collapsed. Pettus-Brown could get up to 21 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 13th. The 28-year-old remains in jail.
A Hamilton County Common Pleas Court jury convicted him of all seven counts of aggravated theft, tampering with records, forgery and unauthorized use of property. Prosecutors said Pettus-
Brown used the public money for himself to promote a concert, buy expensive meals and pay personal bills.