Aurora man accused in $225,000 construction contracts scheme

AURORA, Ohio - An Aurora man is charged with creating a fake construction company involved with contracts worth at least $225,000.

Robert Berryhill, 51, is accused of creating the phony company to divert money on construction projects for his own personal use, including the restoration of a vintage Corvette sports car, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio office.

Berryhill, who served as the senior vice president of Carnegie Management and Development Corp. (CMDC) in Westlake, is charged with five counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and one count each of aggravated identity theft and  more.

"This defendant is accused of abusing the trust of his employer, his colleagues and his customers in an effort to enrich himself," said Dettelbach. "He is accused of using public contracts as a way to get his Corvette restored and his pockets lined with hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Berryhill is also accused of pretending to be an FBI employee on July 28, 2008.

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