Dayton-area businessman Brian Higgins is charged in federal court with fraud charges, according to an indictment unsealed today. The charges grew out of a public corruption investigation, according to federal prosecutors.
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Higgins is a local private business entrepreneur who owned a restaurant and a dead body pick up service. In 2012, a Dayton Daily News investigation found that Higgins’ company, GSSP Enterprise Inc., was delinquent on hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and federal taxes, and its owner, Brian E. Higgins, had a business relationship with Ken Betz, then director of the county coroner’s office.
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The county canceled its contract with GSSP Enterprises.
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In 2006, the Chicago Tribune published allegations that GSSP Enterprises mixed up bodies, overbilled the city and violated contract regulations.
Higgins also owned Sidebar, a restaurant in the Oregon District. It closed in July 2012 when it faced eviction proceedings over unpaid rent.