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The owner of a well known Hamilton County landscaping company is facing indictment after allegedly setting up a front company to win $2 million worth of minority contracts from the City of Cincinnati. 

Doug Evans and his vice president of operations Jim Bailey could be sentenced to more than 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts. U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman says between 2008 and 2014 the front company, Ergon LLC, applied for and received more than 100 contracts for demolition and site construction.

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A Cincinnati Police-federal government partnership targeting violent offenders is going so well the U.S. Attorney's Office is expanding it to Columbus.

A federal grand jury has indicted seven people for identity theft.  U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart says six of them are citizens of Zimbabwe who lived in the Cincinnati area at one time. He says they used the stolen identities to obtain millions in fraudulent income tax returns:

"The scheme was so efficient and well planned that they often had the refunds in hand before the actual taxpayers even filed their legitimate tax returns."