Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Accused businessman to be in court today



HAMILTON - A Middletown businessman, arrested on warrants involving 23 charges in alleged schemes involving more than $1 million, is scheduled to appear in Butler County Common Pleas Court today.

Chad P. Copeland, 36, was being held in the county jail Monday without bond following his arrest in Warren County on Friday, said Detective Monte Mayer, Butler County sheriff's spokesman.

In an indictment made public this month, Mr. Copeland is accused of aggravated theft by deception, grand theft by deception, money laundering, nine counts of securities misrepresentation and two counts of failure to disclose risk to investors. Nine other charges - a count of aggravated theft by deception and eight counts of passing bad checks worth at least $100,000 each - relate to a separate alleged check-kiting scheme in which First National Bank of Southwestern Ohio says it lost $1.6 million.



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