- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio attorney who briefly lost his law license in 2004 for paying kickbacks to then-Congressman Jim Traficant is now accused of concocting a scheme to defraud property investors.

R. Allen Sinclair was charged in an indictment this week with 12 counts of financial institution fraud. The indictment says the 51-year-old Sinclair caused five investors to lose $147,000 on 12 properties, some of which were insured by the federal government, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group (https://bit.ly/1I1PArs ).

Sinclair served as a staff attorney for Traficant. He testified at the Democratic congressman’s trial that he paid the congressman $2,500 a month over a 13-month period in exchange for being hired. Traficant, who was convicted in 2002 of 10 criminal charges, died last year.

Sinclair’s attorney didn’t return calls.

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Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, https://www.cleveland.com

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