Psychologist says Dayton businessman is competent to stand trial

Dayton businessman Brian Higgins faces trail on federal charges. He pleaded not guilty.
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Dayton businessman Brian Higgins faces trail on federal charges. He pleaded not guilty.

Indicted local businessman Brian Higgins was found competent to stand trial during a competency exam requested by his attorneys and ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas M. Rose.

Rose set an Oct. 6 hearing on the report for Higgins, who pleaded not guilty after being indicted as part of a federal public corruption investigation in the Dayton region.

The staff psychologist who evaluated Higgins concluded he “is competent to stand trial, and at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the alleged offense, the Defendant did not exhibit symptoms of a major mental illness that would have precluded his ability to appreciate the quality or the wrongfulness of his actions,” according to Rose’s order.

In May Higgins, 50, of Dayton, was remanded to custody for the competency evaluation. On July 28 Rose ordered that Higgins be released within 24 hours of completion of the evaluation, according to court documents.

Prosecutors did not object to the evaluation request, which was filed under a sealed motion.

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Higgins was indicted on three counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and two counts of tampering with a witness.

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.

Brian Higgins, Clayton Luckie, Joey Williams, and Roshawn Winburn
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Brian Higgins, Clayton Luckie, Joey Williams, and Roshawn Winburn

Three people indicted in the investigation were convicted and sentenced to prison.

They are: former Dayton City Commissioner Joey D. Williams, 55, of Dayton; former state Rep. Clayton Luckie, 58, of Dayton; and former Dayton city employee RoShawn Winburn, 47, of Huber Heights. Luckie served his term, and Williams was released early last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winburn was supposed to be begin serving his six-month sentence on Sept. 6 but on Monday U.S. Attorney Vipal J. Patel requested that Windburn’s prison report date be moved to Jan. 10.

Dayton demolition contractor Steve Rauch. DAN PASCIAK/STAFF
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Dayton demolition contractor Steve Rauch. DAN PASCIAK/STAFF

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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.

Joyce Sutton Cameron is the owner of Green Star Trucking Inc. and former Trotwood mayor. She was mayor from March 2010 to Jan. 2, 2016.
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Joyce Sutton Cameron is the owner of Green Star Trucking Inc. and former Trotwood mayor. She was mayor from March 2010 to Jan. 2, 2016.

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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