DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Federal officials announced new charges in the federal public corruption case in Dayton on Tuesday afternoon.
Steve Rauch, 64 of Germantown; Joyce Cameron, 71 of Trotwood and James Cameron, 80 of Trotwood were indicted on federal charges of fraud and conspiracy on Tuesday at U.S. District Court in Dayton.
Joyce Cameron is a former mayor of Trotwood. Rauch appeared in federal court on Tuesday afternoon and was out on bond. Rauch owns Rauch Trucking, Steve Rauch Inc. and SRI Inc.
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The alleged conspiracy took place between 2012 and 2014 according to U.S. District Attorney Ben Glassman. Glassman along with FBI acting special agent Joseph Deters both spoke at a press conference announcing the indictments.
Rauch and the Camerons were each indicted on six counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Glassman said his office was in communications with attorneys for the Camerons to appear in court.
“Today is the second step of Operation Demolished Integrity,” Glassman said. “The investigation is ongoing and if people have information on what’s happened today or to the announcement in April, please contact us.”
Glassman said Rauch and the Camerons had sidestepped checks and balances in the contracting process.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Rauch and the Camerons were alleged to “fraudulently convince government entities to award and pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars in demolition contracts.”
Joyce Cameron served as president of Green Star Trucking while her husband James was listed as an employee according to court documents. Rauch allegedly paid thousands of dollars to the Camerons for using Green Star to bid on Disadvantaged Business contracts, which Green Star was accredited to bid.
The government alleged Rauch’s companies completed the work while the Camerons signed paperwork stating it was completed by Green Star. Court documents allege Rauch instructed James Cameron to be present at job sites in order to keep up appearances.
City of Dayton leaders are expected to hold a press conference at 6 pm to comment on the latest round of indictments.
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