Man Indicted For Claiming Sister Died In Terrorist Attack

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A man accused of falsely telling co-workers that his sister died in the World Trade Center attack has been indicted on a felony theft charge.

Hoover Co. employees raised thousands of dollars for Ronald Davis after he told them he had to raise his sister's child. Davis, 49, of Canton, is out of jail and working on repaying the money he took while at the North Canton manufacturer, said his lawyer, Jeffrey Haupt.

"He's doing manual labor. He's attempting to gather the funds to repay the money," Haupt said.

Police and Haupt said Davis admitted making up the story.

Davis allegedly accepted between $5,000 and $6,000 from Hoover co-workers who held a dance and party, and sold flags, T-shirts and compact discs to raise the money.

He is accused of taking toys, children's clothing and an undisclosed amount of money from workers who approached him individually.

He also allegedly took about $1,100 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1985, the union representing company employees.

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