The last suspect in a multi-state telemarketing ring has been apprehended.
Michael Sweigart was found at a home in West Plains, MO. this week. He was on the run for more than two weeks, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Sweigart is the 18th person connected to the investigation to be arrested. He is the final person who was to be arrested.
The majority of the suspects were arrested in Florida and others in Ohio, Indiana, New York and now Missouri. According to indictments and DeWine, the suspects operated at least three companies targeting victims nationwide who owned inexpensive, vacant land throughout the country.
“Landowners were fed a series of lies over the phone and were led to believe that their land was worth up to 15 times its assessed value,” a release from DeWine states. “They were told they had to pay fees of $500 to nearly $16,000 to guarantee the sale of their land.
“The enterprise was founded in Ohio in 2007 and operated from many locations, including Troy, Huber Heights, and Vandalia,” the release states. “Later, the operation opened new branches in the Tampa, Fla., area.”
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