| The Columbus Dispatch
A Columbus man whose company was identified in a Dispatch investigation as obtaining and cashing a $38,000 check that belonged to a foreclosed homeowner was indicted Tuesday for that case and other alleged schemes that cost victims more than $400,000.
Carl Levell Renier, 48, faces a 36-count indictment that includes a charge of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and multiple felony counts of identity fraud, forgery, money laundering, tampering with records, theft and crimes against the elderly, the Franklin County prosecutor’s office announced.
Foreclosed & Fleeced, an award-winning Dispatch investigative series, reported in August 2019 about how some foreclosed homeowners are cheated out of surplus funds that remain after the sheriff sales of their properties. The series prompted an investigation of Renier by the Franklin County sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s investigation determined that, in addition to the crimes committed against the foreclosed