Austintown man charged with scamming parents out of money

Justin Hess is charged with using a sham legal process, tampering with records and identity and telecommunications fraud

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An Austintown man is charged with scamming his parents out of about $9,000 by sending phony letters from judges and police officers, according to Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Yacovone.

Justin Hess was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges of using a sham legal process, tampering with records, identity fraud and telecommunications fraud.

The crimes began in March, according to the indictment.

Yacovone said Hess is accused of sending letters addressed from judges, such as Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, and police officers to his parents. The letters said his parents received settlements, but in order to get the money, they had to pay fees.

He said Hess then using the money to pay a drug dealer.

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