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Boardman man gets probation in fraud case

Published: Wed, October 16, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

Staff report


A 57-year-old Boardman man has been sentenced to three years’ probation in the staged crash of a truck into a flower shop for purposes of insurance fraud.

Paul J. Amon, who will be on electronically monitored house arrest for the first nine months of his probation, drew the sentence Tuesday from U.S. District Court Judge Donald C. Nugent.

Amon was the last of four defendants to be sentenced in the case, in which a truck was driven into the Mum’s the Word floral shop on Lockwood Boulevard in Boardman on Jan. 27, 2010.

The three other defendants also were put on various lengths of probation and electronically monitored house arrest.

They are Paul Amon’s brother, Joseph P. Amon, 64, of Canfield; James J. Landis, 56, of Canfield, who owned the shop; and Thomas V. Franco, 39, of Campbell, who purposely drove the truck through the front of the store while it was closed and nobody was inside.

All four pleaded guilty to insurance-fraud conspiracy in the scheme, in which Judge Nugent ordered the defendants to jointly make $99,851 in combined restitution to three insurance companies.

According to the indictment, Landis told Joseph Amon about the shop’s financial difficulties. About a week later, Paul Amon, Franco and Landis agreed Franco would drive the truck into the shop and pretend it was an accident.

Paul Amon, who was a special deputy for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in the early 1980s, was sentenced to four years in federal prison in 1987 for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.


12fer1(22 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

I bet it it were a car through a rent to own, and it were young adults....there probably would have been jail time. And if a bank...oh wow. But Insurance theft (fraud), is no big deal. Well, if you have influence and connections.

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2auntiem4cabs(113 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

Close the shop Landis. You have been a fraud your entire life. If you are having difficulties, GET HELP ... they should all be in jail...oops they are all 'friends' of law enforcement. I hate that people don't have to face their crimes because they 'know someone'. This town is so full of criminals its sickning. They are probably sitting around at some fancy bar laughing about it.

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