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YOUNGSTOWN — Anthony J. Fusco, 33, of Cascade Drive, Boardman, whose attorney’s license is inactive, pleaded guilty in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday to one count of felony fraud. insurance.

Authorities said he forged documents related to medical bills of around $800,000 to obtain cash.

Fusco remains free on bail and will be sentenced later. There is no sentencing date listed in his records yet.

According to Fusco’s indictment, from approximately March 1, 2017 to approximately September 30, 2019, Fusco made false statements to one or more insurance companies. The maximum penalty for the offense is three years in prison. Fusco’s clients had no knowledge of Fusco’s actions, prosecutors said.

According to the Ohio Supreme Court, Fusco was admitted to practice law in Ohio on November 16, 2015. His law license is currently inactive, meaning he is not licensed to practice law. in Ohio or hold themselves out as licensed to practice law. in Ohio.

Jennifer Paris, assistant county prosecutor, told Judge Anthony D’Apolito that prosecutors recommend that Fusco be sentenced to 18 months in prison and that prosecutors would not oppose judicial release, which is an early release from prison. approved by the judge. If Fusco is granted a judicial release, prosecutors will ask that Fusco be placed under five years of community supervision, sometimes called probation.

During Fusco’s hearing on Tuesday, Fusco’s attorney, Justin Markota, noted that if Fusco was sentenced to 18 months in prison, he would be eligible for judicial release “upon delivery to prison.”

The judge said none of Fusco’s clients had “come out of anything.” All customers received all the money they were supposed to receive. He said, “I don’t have any victims who have asked for anything” for restitution. “I understand that restitution is difficult, if not impossible, to determine,” the judge said.

He said the insurance companies that paid the claims “had every opportunity to do their own investigation of the invoices that were submitted.” The judge called the case “the policing of our profession”.

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