CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - 19 Action News was first to report that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason has indicted 13 defendants for operating a criminal enterprise to steal and sell retail merchandise. The charges are a result of an 11-month investigation by the Cleveland Metroparks Rangers.
The following defendants were charged in a 50-count indictment on theft related offenses including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first degree felony: David A. Pysell, of Munson, Kurt J. Snyder, of Willowick, Donald J. Noggy Jr., of Eastlake, Greg Matyjasik, of Mentor, Jay B. Munitz, of Willoughby, Mark A. Werfel, of Reminderville, Joseph M. Chamberlain, Willoughby, Dawn M. Bolon, of Willowick, Kevin D. Homrock, of Mayfield Heights, Thomas C. Dibiase, of Eastlake, Dennis R. Bryant, of Painesville, John L. Turner, of Euclid, and Linda D. Clemis, of Cleveland.
From September 2008 through December 2009, the defendants engaged in a fencing operation whose front was Eastside Automotive Services Inc. (Eastside), owned by David Pysell. Pysell and Dibiase placed orders of certain retail merchandise (i.e. GPS systems, laptop computers, and flat screen televisions) with John Turner who then broke into parked cars in the various Metroparks reservations throughout Cuyahoga County. Some of the contents of the vehicles stolen by Turner included credit cards and checks which Turner along with his partner Linda Clemis utilized to buy the ordered items from local retailers, such as Target and Walmart.
Eastside bought the stolen items and resold them to various unknown individuals and employees of Eastside which included: Joseph M. Chamberlain, Mark A. Werfel, Donald J. Noggy, Jr. and Dawn M. Bolon. Other employees such as Dennis R. Bryant and Greg Matyjasik conspired with Turner to purchase other electronic merchandise. Kevin Homrock provided money to Pysell and DiBiase to pay Turner for the stolen items. Jay Munitz, who is co-owner of Eastside car sales located on the same lot, conspired with Pysell and DiBiase to resell the stolen property.
Further, Eastside, through its owner Pysell, tampered with governmental records by falsifying sales tax returns. Pysell collected sales tax on car repair services but failed to report and pay the sales taxes he collected, defrauding the State of Ohio of over $131,000 in sales tax.
Arraignment for all defendants is scheduled for August 28, 2009.