Pair accused of stolen car fraud in township

WARREN – Two local men were free on bond Friday after pleading not guilty to insurance fraud. Prosecutors say the scam was uncovered by Warren Township police and troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Appearing before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W.Wyatt McKay after their arrest on secret indictments were James A. Adams, 50, of 826 Althea Ave. N.W., Warren, and David L. Smith, 47, 6974 Hoagland Blackstub Road, Bazetta.

Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman said Smith is accused of arranging through Adams to have a car he owned to be stolen from the parking lot of Eastwood Mall in the fall of 2009.

The car, along with two others, were recovered when Warren Township police and troopers used a search warrant to locate the car owned by Smith along with two others that been reported stolen.

Adams faces three counts of insurance fraud and three counts of receiving stolen property, all fifth-degree felonies.

He was freed on $5,000 bond pending a pre-trial in front of McKay on May 14.

Smith faces one count each of insurance fraud and falsification, also fifth-degree felonies.

He also posted a $5,000 bond pending a pre-trial on June 12 in front of Judge Peter Kontos.