Updated: 2:19 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010 | Posted: 2:18 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2010
By John Nolan
Michael E. Peppel, 43, of Washington Twp., MCSi Inc.’s former president, chief executive and chairman. Has pleaded not guilty to 32 federal criminal charges.
Ira H. Stanley, 58, of Oakwood, MCSi’s former chief financial officer, a key prosecution witness against Peppel. Stanley pleaded guilty in 2007 to mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and securities fraud and false certification of a financial report by a corporate officer. He awaits sentencing, after he testifies against Peppel.
Federal prosecutors Dwight K. Keller and Brent Tabacchi are leading the government’s case against Peppel. Each has eight years of experience as a government prosecutor. For 20 years, Keller was an Air Force judge advocate general.
Defense lawyers Ralph W. Kohnen and Jeanne M. Cors, of the Taft Stettinius & Hollister law firm in Cincinnati. Kohnen was a former federal prosecutor in Cincinnati. Cors’ experience is in white-collar criminal defense, corporate defense and antitrust litigation.
U.S. District Judge Sandra S. Beckwith, nominated by the first President George Bush to the federal bench in 1992. Beckwith served as the first female chief judge of the federal court’s southern Ohio district and is a former Hamilton County commissioner and judge.