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Harris expected to plead guilty

Published: Tue, October 26, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.


Kevin Harris

Staff report


Kevin L. Harris of Warren, indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury on charges that he ran a $20 million Ponzi scheme, is due in court at 2 p.m. Thursday for a plea hearing.

Harris, 45, who was using a Parkman Road Northwest address, is expected to plead guilty in federal court here before Magistrate Judge George J. Limbert to three charges — conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Sentencing is likely to occur later.

The crimes carry a penalty of more than 30 years in prison.

Harris earlier waived prosecution by indictment and agreed to prosecution by information, which usually means the defendant has agreed to plead guilty to the charges.

U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio said Harris and others facilitated the scheme through the Parkman Road, Warren, company Complete Developments LLC, and another company.

The charges allege they attracted $20 million in investments that were purportedly re-invested in start-up companies, inventions and foreign currency.

The charges relate to the same scheme his investors, most of them from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, spoke of in their lawsuits in state and federal courts.

An investigation by The Vindicator showed that Harris, a 1983 Warren Harding graduate, and his brother, Keelan Harris, 34, also of Warren, were able to lure hundreds of people to invest millions with their companies despite both men having felony criminal records in Trumbull County and an extensive history of being sued here.

Both men spent time in prison — Kevin Harris in the late 1990s and Keelan Harris in the mid-2000s.


1Reds(4 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

No Wait! It's now NOV 3RD 2pm with Magistrate George J. Limbert at the bench (T.D. Lambros, US Courthouse & Fed building, 125 Market St, Youngstown, Ohio).

The game of Kevin Harris & his Lawyers has resumed as Rucker presents a motion for continuance of initial appearance, arraignment, and change of plea.
Continuance! What for, if he agreed to "prosecution by information". Because they are up to something and nothing is as expected with KH & his lawyers.

I suppose this buys them some time while also presenting a bit of time for the Good side, apparently the court accepts letters from the victims.

Here is your chance (I suppose victims only) to express your self to the Judge before sentencing which may be at a later date.

While victims only, hearing from the community through the Vindy comments may assist the victims in their letters to the judge.

Be warned Warren, in fact all of Ohio, that this Kevin Harris is a menace to your town and he will surely get back to exactly where he left off.

He will stand up against all accusations once again with his lawyers at his ready.

They together had played the game for years ("an extensive history of being sued"). He will play it for many more given the chance.

Those who can make it to the court house should demonstarting you care about your community.

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2ptd1102(11 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

@reds where are you getting your information? i see in this article that he is due to plead guilty on thursday and sentencing to come later. where do you see the 2nd of november?

anyway...i agree if kevin is to go free, he will be right back doing what he does best and that is ruining people's lives just to get what he wants. the only thing i feel bad about is his son. he's ruined his son's life and i only hope that he can grow up to be the man that kevin was not! there are so many other people who will be affected by this...not just the people who were taken in by this scheme. kevin always called people his "friend" but he was only looking for what he could get from you. he once told me that people were always asking for help from him but nobody ever did for kevin. so that's what he did...he took from people and never returned a thing. i speak from experience. he made promises and never kept one of them. it took me a long time to learn this lesson but i learned it...the hard way! i hope his other "friends" can actually see who the real kevin is now.

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3ptd1102(11 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

oops...never mind, reds. i saw the updated article. it wasn't there when i first signed on but it's there now. sorry! and i'm working that day and can't go! i really would have loved to go!!

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4plcexpert(3 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Kevin Harris represented by his lawyer Gilbert Rucker in the courtroom with Magistrate Limbert at the bench.

Two facts immediately JUMP out; the first regarding Gilbert Rucker and the second regarding Magistrate George J. Limbert.

A big event of the CDL fraud had an Open House in Warren Ohio (November 2007).

As all the victims entered & viewed the presentations, part of the props used by the criminals (as stated from those who were there) was to have their lawyer (lawyers) present which was Gilbert Rucker allowing himself and his title to be a prop in the Open House fraud.

As to Magistrate George J. Limbert, he already presided at a CDL civil lawsuit where he let this criminal & his companies CDL & I3 off once before as he dismissed the civil suit presented by over 200 of the victims (currently under appeal).

Why are these two allowed to remain in such a close distance to Kevin Harris yet again????

Is this whole scene but a cruel replaying of the recent past????

Will Limbert sprinkle lightly some sort of scolding dust over the Harris hand yet again (Kevin! You bad boy!!!).

Yes (Reds)!!!!! Be warned Warren, in fact all of Ohio, that this Kevin Harris is a menace to your town and he will surely get back to exactly where he left off.

He will stand up against all accusations once again with his lawyers at his ready.

They together had played the game for years. He will play it for many more given the chance.

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5ptd1102(11 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

isn't this the federal criminal case? this magistrate dismissed the civil case. it has since been filed again by the 200 people he defrauded and another civil case by the cftc. but the criminal case is where he can go to prison for up to 30 years for these charges of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. i'm thinking there is a difference here. he pleaded in effect guilty to those charges and this is now the formal hearing on those charges with his plea said in court and then he will be sentenced later. i'm sure there was a plea deal since he is pleading guilty and maybe he won't get 30 years but he's going to get something. he has to!

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6classified(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Each of us have loved our Fathers, our Brothers, our Uncles and our Friends and yes there are those of YOU who have learned to love Kevin Harris as he has showered you with all sorts of gifts but those gifts were stolen from other families and now that these truths have finally come out, the whole body of actions applied by Kevin Harris has taken his physical being and swallowed it so that he now presents himself to YOU as a pile of his own excrement.

Society and our world are better off without such a deviant as is Kevin Harris. Today’s society can only benefit by putting this Thing (Kevin Harris) away for a very, very long time. Let him be the example the world needs to see by applying the fullest sentence upon him.

No corps's need be required here (for the longer sentence) as there are entire families left dismembered & pointless almost lifeless from their once pointed direction. The ruin of 200+ victims, multiplied by all their family members (beautiful children), just so that this Thing (Kevin Harris) could drive his biggest car, could play his biggest game, could live his biggest life and could give his biggest gifts.

The biggest little man you ever knew!!!!!!!!!!!

If he has given you gifts, give them back.

If he has given you money give it back.

None of it was his to give away.

And, for those of YOU who have learned to love him, if he has given you faith then he has scammed YOU also. As having had faith in such a Thing as Kevin Harris, it will eventually ruin YOU too

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7worldatwar(15 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

02:00 Limbert ctrm242 Arraignment 4:10-cr-00437-LW United States of America vs.Harris
02:00 Limbert ctrm242 Change of Plea Hearing 4:10-cr-00437-LW United States of America vs.Harris
02:00 Limbert ctrm242 Initial Appearance 4:10-cr-00437-LW United States of America vs.Harris

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