London fraudster sentenced


Danyelle Scheurell

A London-area woman who has faced fraud-related charges in multiple counties was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison, following action in Madison County Common Pleas Court.

Danyelle Scheurell, 36, pleaded guilty in May to attempted tampering with records and forgery, stemming from incidents earlier this year.

Scheurell reportedly falsified information and presented fraudulent documentation while seeking employment at Nissen Chemitec in London.

Attorney Dale Frenz, Scheurell’s counsel, argued that his client’s offense was a desperate attempt to gain employment, despite a felony record.

“She made desperate actions in order to get a job,” Frenz said.

Scheurell reportedly forged documentation from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation that indicated that she did not have a criminal record, which she does.

She also used another person’s Social Security number and operator’s license number, according to London police.

County prosecutor Steve Pronai said it was unnecessary to review Scheurell’s significant history in court, because she is a familiar face.

“I don’t think I need to review her history — the court is well aware,” Pronai said.

Scheurell was sentenced to three years of community control in July 2014 after pleading guilty to a single count of identity fraud. She was also ordered to undergo drug treatment in place of conviction in Pickaway County in January 2014, after facing charges of insurance fraud and forgery.

“The reality is that you’ve got a history of these kind of offenses,” Judge Eamon Costello said.

Also in common pleas court Thursday:

• William Pratt, 24, of West Jefferson, reportedly tested positive for cocaine, amphetamines and marijuana and failed to meet the terms of his community control. The hearing was continued to an undetermined date.

Pratt was placed on three years of community control in April for drug trafficking. Costello granted Pratt furlough from jail for a medical procedure on Friday.

Pratt’s attorney, Scott Shaw, said Pratt will deny the violation accusation.

• Danielle Martin, 30, of London, attended a community control violation hearing. She was sentenced to two years of community control in December for drug trafficking.

She tested positive for a prescription painkiller last week, but said she obtained the drug legally from a doctor.

Martin’s hearing was continued to June 15, until court staff could confirm her statements. She was released on the agreement that she attend future court proceedings.

• Laura Hunter, 42, of London, was sentenced to six months in prison for testing positive for cocaine in violation of her community control. She was sentenced to two years of community control last year for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The sentence was extended one year in February after a previous community control violation.

• Charles Stevens, 25, of Columbus, was sentenced to six months in prison for testing positive for opiates, cocaine and marijuana, a community control violation. He was sentenced to two years of community control in August.

• John Burns, 30, of Mechanicsburg, was sentenced to six months in prison for failing to report to the probation department, a community control violation. He was sentenced to three years of community control in May for theft.

Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.

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