Ohio BCI to take local theft case

Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan asks state to investigate suspected theft from elderly
Emil Whitis
Apr 4, 2013


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s spokesman, Dan Tierney, said Tuesday the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over a Marblehead case involving the possible theft of $200,000 from an elderly woman.

The woman, 81, loaned the money to the owner of a jewelry store in Marblehead, and now she's trying to get it back.

Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan wrote to DeWine's office in recent weeks, asking BCI employees to help sort through a stack of ledgers and financial documents related to the case.

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So they will take a case that involves money just like that, but they won't take a murder case?


I was wondering if it is one of two things? 1. Its a prosecutor asking for the assistance or 2. Didn't DeWine sit in praise of the Sheriff in his war against drugs (which is one of DeWine's pet projects?) That could make a difference in his decision to take a part in this murder case. Just a thought. It shouldn't be that way, but I was wondering about that.


no proof at this time that it was a murder. yes, a person is dead with questionable cause of death.


No proof of a murder, just proof that he did not shoot the gun himself. And stories not matching up. And circumstantial evidence. But yes I do think it is because they asked for the help of the AG


This case is more than "just about money". This case is about a con artist choosing a vulnerable victim to steal from!

This "money" was probably the 81 year olds life savings! How would you suggest this poor woman go about making more money to make up for this loss? How long can an 81 year old stand to greet Walmart shoppers to
replenish what this selfish "shop owner" took from her?

The 81 year old may not have been "murdered" but she was definately ABUSED, her bruises are in her check book. The punches she endured, were multiple unauthorized charges to her credit cards.

And by the way, the AG, cant just "take" a case, they have to be given the case, or asked to review it.


Hey Dick, I don't think anyone was doubting the seriousness of the case, I think we were all more concerned with how easily another person can ask for AG assistance, but in the Limberios case they said they would ask to turn it over to the AG and then it was vetoed and they have mostly been stalling since..


Thank God for the freedom of the press. I mean that literally. Would we have known anything about the Limberios probe without it? I recently read a statement that the Huron teaching staff was terrified of speaking out for fear of reprisal. I thought about that statement and concluded that it is true. Their livelyhood's depend on public support. Without the press we would not have that information either. Do teacher's therefore give up their right to free speech? And how do we improve education without their voices?

What is in the interest of the public good? I have the right to own guns. My follow Americans also have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

All of our rights seem out of balance. We know it, and have no recourse unless an individual has money.


@Eriemom....have you ever heard the pharse: "for evil to florish, all it takes is for good men to do nothing?" That is what is happening in this country more and more. The freedom of speech is about all we have left and even THAT is being limited to some extend...right here in our own town, our own state and our own country. And what do we do about it? As little as we can out of fear. When you think about it, it makes you even more afraid, doesn't it? It does me. It isn't about the money as much as about the fear.

Yes, thank goodness we still have the press to let us know things, but I bet even THEY have limits as to what they can say or do at times. That is what scares me.

People complain about the SR reporting here. Many of them have never lived outside this area and have no idea what it is like elsewhere. If they did, they wouldn't complain quite so much. It is worse in some places I have lived. Talk about "slanted" news, you have no idea what that is like. I don't always agree with things I read in the SR, but that is my right as well. Disagreeing and saying so is one of the few rights we still have left, but for the most part they are pretty fair with what they say. Like it or not, they give us the news.

When that stops, we will all be in trouble. I dread that. I fear it is coming.


It's not the "limits as to what they can say or do at times" that scares ME. It's the patently obvious political agenda from so many in the media!

Opinion pages are for agendas. NEWS pages SHOULD be for NEWS! Unfortunately, in too many cases (including here), they're obviously not.

Yes, the press is supposed to keep an eye on government and let us know what's going on. But a selective filtering of the facts, or selective reporting, doesn't let us know what's going on. It predisposes us to THINK we know what's going on even though it's not the whole story. And in many ways, that's worse.


@sam a....news papers are owned by men, who unfortunately have political ties that sometimes are swayed by their friends in the political arenas. But most actual "news reports" do not get that slant. Not all the time. I think it depends on the story, don't you? Years ago, the news was just the news: who, what, where, why and when was all we got. Not any more. Now we get the philosphy behind what is written, the cause and the driving forces because more people are edcated that way. I truly believe that is why stories are and feel more slanted than they used to. They are written from singularly more slanted points of view than previously done because that is how writing is taught now. They now longer teach people to write in the object way, but in the subjective way. That includes a more "personal" feel to the article than what many of us grew up with. When we read government articles, they are totally in line with the philosphy of the owners and operators of the paper. That is just the way it is and it has been that way for years. Today it is just more obvious.


I guess freedom is not totally free!


No, it isn't totally free. And I think you knew that all along. You are way too smart to pretend you didn't, deertracker. Come now!


Mulligan can't use "special prosecutor" Dean Henry like he did to "investigate" the allegations of wrong doing by public officials.

"The complaint alleges that some Benton-Carroll-Salem school members and county law enforcement officials, including county Prosecutor Mark Mulligan, have been involved in cover-ups and corrupt activity. All have denied the accusations."

"On April 24, 2001, appellants Rebekah Miller, Melody
Kitzler and Elsebeth Baumgartner filed eleven criminal affidavits
with the clerk of the Ottawa County Court of Common Pleas seeking
the arrest and prosecution of certain individuals in the Ottawa
County area, including judges, defense attorneys and prosecutors,
for committing various illegal acts in furtherance of public

What happened to that grand jury hearing of February 26?

"According to Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office reports, a grand jury meeting Feb. 26 could decide whether a Catawba woman, and possibly another person, face charges after they were accused by family members of an 81-year-old widow of ripping off hundreds of thousands of dollars over a two-year period."

"Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan has yet to make up his mind on a possible $200,000 theft from the elderly case. But that’s not to say he hasn’t done anything. In an unorthodox pre-trial, pre-charges move, Mulligan sent a letter and all his evidence to the suspect’s attorney last week."

How many prosecutors share all information with a defense attorney before a grand jury indictment?


Ok, Centauri, I'm confused , do you like Mulligan or not? Haha!

Why did you forget to give the link to the PC coach story? Some 58 counts and not a single one sticks?

All my LE buddies have laughed for years and said, if you ever want to commit a crime do it in Ottawa County! (No offense to the hard working cops, deputies, detectives and LE that work hard to solve a crime.)