Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Family escapes media's scrutiny

Erpenbecks leave for Florida condo

By Patrick Crowley,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bill Erpenbeck
Bill Erpenbeck
        CRESTVIEW HILLS — Northern Kentucky builder Bill Erpenbeck has left town but will return to continue cooperating with federal authorities, his attorney said Tuesday.

        Mr. Erpenbeck, 41, the former head of troubled Edgewood home builder the Erpenbeck Co., and his family left their Crestview Hills home Saturday — a day after he was arrested on a charge of passing a bad check to a contractor. They are staying at their condo in Fort Myers, Fla.

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        “With the amount of pressure and news media coverage created for his family, Bill felt it was necessary to take them out of the area for the time being,” said Erpenbeck attorney Glenn V. Whitaker of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Cincinnati.

        “But he's coming back and forth, meeting with the federal authorities whenever they want to talk to him,” Mr. Whitaker said.

        The FBI and U.S. attorney's office in Cincinnati are investigating allegations of bank fraud involving the Erpenbeck Co. and its accounts at People's Bank of Northern Kentucky in Crestview Hills. No charges have been filed.

        Mr. Erpenbeck also is scheduled to be arraigned May 24 in Boone Circuit Court on one felony count of theft by deception over $300. He turned himself in Friday to the Boone County Sheriff's Department regarding a $258,000 bad check written to Morris Heating & Cooling Inc. of Burlington.


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