Family calls it a $200K rip-off

An 81-year-old Marblehead woman's good intentions could cost her $200,000, but it will be up to Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan whether anyone will face criminal charges.
Emil Whitis
Feb 21, 2013


It all centers around a Marblehead jewelry shop and its owner, according to a Danbury Township police report. The woman knew the shop owner for years and considered her a "close friend." 

Click here to read a previous story about elderly financial abuse. 

Click here for the e*Paper or get a copy of Friday's Register to find out how a friendship ended up buried in a pile of credit card bills.  



Why leave it up to an elected prosecutor? SR commentators should decide!


They will, give'm time..... LOL


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I'm not a detective, but I play one on TV.

There is only one jewelry store that moved from Port Clinton (in the middle of the night) to Marblehead.

I always wondered how she opened a new store right after FILING BANKRUPTCY!!!

Now I know, make friends with an old lady, right after her husband dies!


sounds like a civil matter to me.


If it went to the prosecutor's office, it's probably because fraud and/or outright theft are suspected. Those things AREN'T civil matters.

Julie R.

You're right ..... but in Erie County the prosecutor will try to say it's a civil matter only because he knows the jokes at the Erie County courthouse will ignore the facts staring them right in the face and refuse to address it. That's what they do when attorneys assist in fraud and outright theft, anyway. Even the dirty financial institutions are home free if attorneys are involved in it.


What was that James Bond movie called... oh yeah, Golden Eye. I can't wait till spring when the Iris bloom!


I will be watching Mulligan.

"By December 2012, the records indicate more than $190,000 had been given to the woman through the use of credit cards, checks and other means. Family members indicated to Mulligan that they spent more than 700 hours scouring the woman’s financial records to learn just how much money she had lost to the woman.

They also indicated to Mulligan that after the woman’s husband died in 2009, the businesswoman befriended her, created a dependency, isolated the woman and deceived her.

According to Northern District of Ohio U.S. Bankruptcy Court records, the businesswoman declared bankruptcy in March 2011, even though she began borrowing money from the widow the month before.

The reports say the businesswoman purchased jewelry and supplies using the elderly woman’s debit or credit cards and cashed checks the woman gave her to help support the business."