Ohio man due in court Tuesday in contractor fraud

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is due in federal court Tuesday on charges of defrauding contractors involved in FBI building projects in Indianapolis and Knoxville, Tenn.

Judge Sara Lioi (LEE’-oy) in Akron has scheduled the hearing for 51-year-old Robert Berryhill of Aurora. Her docket calls it an arraignment and guilty plea hearing.

He was charged in a court filing that usually signals a pending plea deal. Berryhill and his attorney haven’t commented.

Berryhill has been charged with pocketing more than $225,000 defrauded from a Westlake contractor.

Berryhill was charged with mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and posing as an FBI employee. He’s accused of creating phony businesses and invoices to divert construction funds to personal use.

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