TRUMBULL COUNTY Judge sends salesman to prison
The salesman must pay $20,000 in restitution.
By PEGGY SINKOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- A Poland man convicted of bilking a 73-year-old woman out of more than $30,000 has been sentenced to three years in prison.
During a brief sentencing hearing Thursday, Judge John Stuard of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court sentenced William Mamounis of Island Drive, Poland.
The salesman for Ohio Window Designs also was ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution.
"I have no complaints with the sentence," said LuWayne Annos, an assistant county prosecutor. "The fact of the matter is, Mr. Mamounis was already on probation for a theft charge out of Cuyahoga County and he convinced this elderly lady to get a second a mortgage on her home to pay his restitution in Cleveland."
In July, Mamounis had a trial before the judge, who judge found him guilty of three counts of theft by deception. The judge did, however, find him innocent on related charges of misusing the elderly woman's credit card.
He could have faced a maximum of eight years in prison, court officials said.
Boss sentenced, too
Meanwhile, Mamounis' boss at Ohio Window Designs, company owner Sheryl Frost, has been sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution.
Frost pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering, one count of grand theft and one count of theft from an elderly person.
Frost and Mamounis share the same address, and Frost was referred to as Mamounis' girlfriend in courtroom testimony.
Judge Stuard has said the victim was a lonely, elderly woman who may have been entering the early stages of dementia.
The victim secured two mortgages against her home and paid Ohio Window Designs the proceeds, the judge has said. She also loaned her credit card.
The court concluded that Mamounis took advantage of the woman by helping her apply for the second mortgage for $32,800 and promising to pay back the money on her behalf.