MOUNT VERNON — A Knox County man who was recently sentenced to almost two years in prison on a ticket scam was indicted by the July 1 grand jury on additional charges of a similar nature.

Michael L. Wallace, 32, was indicted on one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony, and one of petty theft, a misdemeanor of the first degree, after additional alleged victims were discovered in a Ohio State Buckeyes ticket fraud scheme in which Wallace had been previously convicted.

According to the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Nicole Derr, Wallace’s scheme was to offer to sell tickets to the alleged victims and then not deliver on the tickets.

He was previously sentenced on June 24 to two consecutive 11-month prison terms after being found guilty on similar charges in May.

The two previous incidents and the two most recent ones occurred within the same six-month time period and the dollar amount of all of the thefts and/or alleged thefts total around $5,400.

Wallace is currently incarcerated with the two new theft charges pending. He is facing at least one additional charge of a similar nature in Washington County.

Daniel J. Huffman, 32, Mount Vernon, was indicted on charges of harassment with a bodily substance (while knowingly being infected with Hepatitis C), a third-degree felony, and criminal mischief, a third-degree misdemeanor.

The charges stem from an incident in which Huffman allegedly caused a disturbance and damaged property at a gas station in the 600 block of North Sandusky Street in Mount Vernon, and the police came to the scene.
During transport to jail, Huffman injured his forehead, bled and then spit blood onto one of the officers. Because of his previous medical diagnosis of testing positive for Hepatitis C, Huffman was charged with a third-degree felony instead of felony of the fifth degree, according to Derr.

Donald P. Bailey, 29, Mount Vernon, was indicted on three drug-related charges; illegal cultivation of marijuana, a fifth-degree felony, illegal manufacture of hashish, a felony of the second degree and aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Bailey allegedly had in his possession 480 grams of marijuana; hashish, which is a Schedule I controlled substance, and MDMA/ecstasy, which is also a Schedule I controlled substance.

Other indictments from the July 1 grand jury include:

Andrew W. Pitkiewicz, 34, homeless, was indicted on four fifth-degree felonies, including two charges of aggravated possession of drugs and two of aggravated possession of heroin; Jacob A. Liggett, 27, Johnstown, was indicted on a charge of possession of a fentanyl-related compound, a felony of the fifth degree; Tyler D.J. Ferreira, 20, Mount Vernon, was indicted on a charge of trespassing in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, a felony of the fourth degree; Robert A. Hubbard, 32, Fredericktown, was indicted on counts of aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and receiving stolen property, a felony of the fourth degree; Douglas J. Boyd, 23, Fredericktown, was indicted on a count of having weapons under disability, a felony of the third degree, and attempted unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance, a misdemeanor of the first degree. The latter charge concerns allegedly trying to shorten the barrel and stock of a shotgun, which was also part of a forfeiture specification; Jacob R. Elkins, 20, Howard, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony charge of vandalism (of property owned, leased or controlled by a government entity) and one count of disrupting public services, a felony of the fourth degree. Elkins allegedly damaged a sprinkler head at the Knox County Jail; and Mary Ann Dales, 29, was indicted on a charge of aggravated possession of 31.7 grams of meth, a second-degree felony.

 

John Wareham: 740-397-5333 or john.wareham@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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