Former State Trooper Faces Federal Indictment

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Benjamin Richardson remains in the Franklin County Jail on charges including mortgage fraud and witness tampering.(Photo: U.S. Marshals Service)
Benjamin Richardson remains in the Franklin County Jail on charges including mortgage fraud and witness tampering.(Photo: U.S. Marshals Service)

Federal prosecutors have unveiled an eight-count indictment against a former Ohio State Highway trooper from Powell.

Prosecutors say long-time trooper Benjamin Richardson committed several crimes, including mortgage fraud that began in 2005 and bilked investors out of more than $600,000 on three properties. He’s also accused of not reporting ownership of a nightclub when he filed for bankruptcy in 2007. Other charges include wire fraud, making false statements under oath, and witness tampering, where authorities say he tried to prevent someone from talking to law enforcement.

The indictment came from a federal grand jury nearly two weeks but was sealed today. Richardson remains in the Franklin County Jail and is set to be arraigned Thursday. He could face more than 150 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

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