Security firm owner facing more charges

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A Howland man already facing felony charges for allegedly forging documents to keep his security firms in business is now facing more charges.

Gregory Oakes, who operated American Sentry and Delta Elite Security from his Howland Springs home, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Warren Municipal Court. He faces three counts of prohibitive acts, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to prosecutors, Oakes, who was indicted last week on 10 counts each of forgery and tampering with evidence charges, continued to operate his businesses even after he was ordered to shut them down. State investigators made the discovery just two days after he was arraigned on the original charges in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

“The investigator personally talked to individuals at the place and received information that he was still operating and unbeknownst to the business owners, he was unlicensed,” said Warren Law Director Greg Hicks.

The two businesses Oakes continued to provide security for were Trumbull Career and Technical Center and Jamestown Village in Warren.

According to authorities, Oakes forged his certification after he had his license revoked for failing to pay his state taxes.

Oakes was ordered to pay a $10,000 personal bond. He is also facing seven similar charges in Youngstown Municipal Court as well for providing services to The Vindicator and the local NBC affiliate.

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