Warren businessman pleads guilty to 9 felonies


Lashawn Ziegler, a local businessman who operated two controversial taverns in the city, has pleaded guilty to nine felony charges related to automobiles and drugs.

They are one count of insurance fraud, two counts of receiving stolen property, three counts of tampering with records, and single counts of falsification, marijuana possession and marijuana trafficking.

Ziegler, 38, of North Park Avenue, pleaded guilty to the charges Friday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. He will be sentenced after the Trumbull County Adult Probation Department conducts a presentence investigation.

Ziegler could get more than 20 years in prison when Judge W. Wyatt McKay sentences him in four to six weeks. He remains free on bond.

Five of the nine charges stem from a BMW automobile Ziegler reported stolen in Youngstown on Feb. 8, 2008. Ziegler claimed to have paid $9,000 for the car but reported it worth $35,000 when he filed an insurance claim, prosecutors said.

For the complete story, read Saturday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.

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