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TRUMBULL COUNTY 2 from Poland accused of bilking elderly woman



Published: Fri, July 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The victim has taken out two mortgages on her home.

By TIM YOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A Poland man and woman are out on bond after a Trumbull County grand jury secretly indicted them on charges of bilking a 72-year-old woman out of more than $30,000.

Released from the Trumbull County jail on $5,000 bonds Thursday after arraignment are William Mamounis, 42, and Sheryl Frost, both of Island Drive.

They appeared before Judge John M. Stuard of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

"It's a shame you have people who take advantage of the elderly," said Girard police Capt. Frank Bigowsky.

"They certainly took advantage of her," Bigowsky added, noting that the woman, who lives alone, has been diagnosed as being in the early stages of dementia.

Surrendered last week

Mamounis and Frost surrendered to authorities Thursday after their indictment last week. Each is charged with four counts of theft and one count of money laundering.

The indictment capped an eight-month investigation by city police, the county prosecutor's office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Bigowsky said Girard police received a complaint from the woman's family that she had credit card charges from Mamounis' and Frost's company, Ohio Window Design of Mineral Ridge. The victim said she was not aware of any credit card charges to the company.

Ohio Window, now defunct, had done window and siding replacement work at her home.

To pay for the work, the victim secured a 30-year, $31,000 mortgage on her home to pay her credit card debt and $16,000 for work done by Ohio Window.

Bigowsky explained she then took out a second mortgage of $31,000 -- $21,300 of which was given to Ohio Window.

Bigowsky said he believes the $21,300, was used by Mamounis to make restitution in a similar Cuyahoga County case, so that the charge there was reduced from a felony to misdemeanor.

Other cases

Mamounis has six other similar cases pending in Cuyahoga County, Bigowsky said.

The captain said the woman's credit-card company has accepted responsibility for $10,000 in card charges, but the company is out the money.

The victim's mortgage -- because of the two loans on her home, which she owned outright -- is now more than her income, Bigowsky said.

He said the woman's family, living out of town, is seeking guardianship to help her remain in her home.

Mamounis will next appear Aug. 15 before Judge Stuard, and Frost will appear Aug. 13 before Judge Andrew Logan.

yovich@vindy.com




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