• In July 2009, the restaurant owner was featured in a front-page story in USA Today that focused on small-business bankruptcies, telling the national newspaper, “When I decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, I felt crushed. But my attorney said that Donald Trump did it, and GM did it, and Delta did it. It gives people the opportunity to bounce back.”
• In the fall of 2009 — within three months of the USA Today story — Christian conspired with a couple and their son to stage a break-in and burglary at her Washington Twp. home and to vandalize her Miami Twp. restaurant in order to collect insurance settlements, according to court testimony at her 2012 trial.
• A jury deliberated for about five hours over two days before reaching a verdict of guilty on all charges in May 2012. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Barbara P. Gorman told Christian as she sentenced the former restaurant owner, “I don’t think you know the difference between the truth and a lie. These offenses may sound nonviolent, but your plan could have hurt a lot of people. … You conspired with someone to blow up your unsuccessful restaurant.”
• The case has bounced around on appeal for nearly four years, with Christian’s court-appointed attorney seeking to reduce the severity of the criminal charges and therefore cut down on her prison time. The case reached the Ohio Supreme Court once and is now before the same court again.
• Because she has German citizenship, Christian faces the possibility that she will be deported whenever she is released from prison. Montgomery County prosecutors say they’ll seek deportation.
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