Former Troy attorney arraigned for theft

Brumbaugh, 63, charged with theft of funds

By Melanie Yingst -

MIAMI COUNTY — A former attorney in charge of a trust for a mentally handicapped woman was arraigned on several felony theft charges in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Monday.

Jeffrey Brumbaugh, 63, who gave a contact address in Sedona, Ariz., was arraigned on two counts first-degree felony engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, second-degree theft, two counts of fourth-degree theft and third-degree money laundering. He entered a plea of not guilty to all charges.

Judge Christopher Gee set bond for $100,000 and Brumbaugh posted bond late Monday.

According to Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell, the victim’s legal guardian contacted law enforcement officials when the trust was found to be drained of its funds. Kendell said at least $200,000 is allegedly missing and Brumbaugh was the executor of the trust, hired by the victim’s now deceased father.

According to records, the Ohio Supreme Court indefinitely suspended Brumbaugh from practicing law on May 25, 2017, and he was ordered to cease and desist practicing law. Brumbaugh also failed to respond to a formal complaint before the Supreme Court’s disciplinary counsel submitted on Sept. 9, 2016. Brumbaugh formerly had a law office in Troy.

In other news:

Justin Griffin, 28, of Piqua, was sentenced to serve two years in prison for fourth-degree felony gross sexual imposition and third-degree obstruction of justice on Monday.

Griffin was originally indicted on a two-first degree felony rape charges. An agreement with the state dismissed the charges in exchange for the guilty pleas to the reduced felonies. Griffin was also labeled a Tier I sex offender for the next 15 years. Griffin was sentenced to serve 24 months for obstruction of justice and 17 months for gross sexual imposition, which will run concurrent with one another. Griffin was granted 141 days of jail credit.

Griffin claimed in court that he didn’t know the victim was handicapped.

“I’m not no predator or nothing,” Griffin told the court. “Yeah I made a mistake … I’m tired of being in and out of jail.”

Miami County Assistant Prosecutor Janna Parker asked the court to sentence Griffin to a high-end prison term. She also highlighted Griffin’s poor supervision history, including the current offense, which occurred while Griffin was on community control. Parker also noted the victim’s statement that demonstrated the negative physical and psychological harm she suffered due to Griffin’s actions.

Throughout the hearing, Griffin would interrupt Judge Gee until he finally reprimanded him.

“Mr. Griffin, when this young lady told you ‘No’ you should have listened,” Gee said.

Gee also noted Griffin wasn’t truthful with police and failed to take any responsibility for his actions.

The victim reported being sexually assaulted at a residence on the 700 block of South Main Street on Feb. 6. The victim reported saying “no” multiple times and told Griffin to stop multiple times. The victim went to a hospital after the incident.

Griffin reportedly admitted to having sex with the victim but said that it was consensual, according to court records. Griffin was also charged in connection with an incident at the same residence on Jan. 6.

Griffin will also serve a mandatory five years of post-release control.

Brumbaugh, 63, charged with theft of funds

By Melanie Yingst