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Cuyahoga County fugitive taken into custody

???????????????????????????????A fugitive indicted on counts of workers’ comp fraud and theft was taken into custody last week by Deputies with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office. 

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Rita A. Lynch after she failed to appear at her arraignment in Franklin County. It initially appeared Lynch did not receive her court summons. Letters were delivered to Lynch’s residence and to her boyfriend’s residence and contact was finally made with Lynch via cell phone. She provided her current employment, verified her home address was correct, and stated she had accumulated a lot of junk in her mailbox and thrown everything away. Lynch stated she would turn herself in to the Strongsville Police on Oct. 4, but failed to do so. 

An agent with BWC’s Fugitive Task Force received a call from an attorney who stated Lynch would turn herself in to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 9, the same day her boyfriend, Charles Hepner, was to appear at a pre-trial hearing on a Workers’ Comp Fraud charge. Once again, she failed to turn herself in.

Lynch was transported to the Cuyahoga County jail to await extradition back to Franklin County.

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