Rose ordered Higgins to be committed to federal custody for not more than 45 days and placed at a federal facility in Butner, North Carolina, or another suitable facility for a mental competency evaluation.
Higgins was indicted on three counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of tampering with a witness. He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial on Aug. 2.
Indictments in the federal investigation of public corruption in the Dayton region were announced in April 2019 and additional indictments were announced later that year.
In December prosecutors added the witness tampering charges and one wire fraud charges to the ones Higgins had earlier been indicted on.
Three people indicted in the investigation were convicted and sentenced to prison: former Dayton City Commissioner Joey D. Williams, 55; former state Rep. Clayton Luckie, 57; and former Dayton city employee RoShawn Winburn, 47. Luckie served his term, Williams was released early last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Winburn was granted a delay to begin serving his term until Sept. 6.
Green Star Trucking, owned by former Trotwood Mayor Joyce Sutton Cameron, and Steve Rauch Inc., owned by Steve Rauch of Germantown, pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to engage in mail fraud and were fined. In exchange for the plea, charges were dropped against Rauch, 66; Cameron, 72; and her husband, James Cameron, 82, of Trotwood.
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