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Former State Trooper From Powell Gets 50 Months Behind Bars

The State Trooper from Powell who pleaded guilty to federal charges of mortgage fraud and bankruptcy fraud has been sentenced to more than four years in prison. Prosecutors say Benjamin Richardson deceived lenders into giving loans that he never paid back, then filed for bankruptcy without reporting income he received from a nightclub he co-owned with a narcotics trafficker. He was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of wire fraud, and two counts of making false statements Richardson was ordered to pay restitution of $617,600 to lenders he deceived through the mortgage fraud. Richardson was a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol when he was charged and resigned when the charges were returned.