Ohio BMV investigation leads to indictments for two men

Authorities say pair conspired to secure fraudulent auto loan for $1,700.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 9, 2013

A Cuyahoga County grand jury has indicted a Maple Heights man and a Cleveland notary public in connection with a scheme in which the men conspired to secure a fraudulent Loan Max auto loan for $1,700.

Charles S. Grays Jr., 35, of Maple Heights, and Duane T. Howard, 56, of Cleveland, were each indicted Wednesday on four counts of forgery, two counts of tampering with records and single counts of secured writings by deception and aggravated theft.

An investigation by BMV Investigator Aaron Fulton in Cleveland found that Grays forged the signature of Lisa A. Nabulsi on an Ohio duplicate certificate of title and an additional title application in order to deceive Integrity Funding LLC, a financial lending institution.

Howard is accused of fraudulently attesting that Nabulsi notarized the documents. The indictment accuses the men of using the fraudulent documents to obtain a $1,700 loan, which was cashed at a local bank.