George Hiotis

Former Mortgage Broker Pleads Not Guilty

by George Hiotis on May 21, 2012 at 3:26 am

A Zanesville man who police say was indicted twice in two months for alleged thefts he committed while he was a local mortgage broker appeared in court Monday.  39-year-old Jeffrey McLendon was arraigned in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court in front of visiting Judge Linton Lewis on two felony counts of theft by deception and four misdemeanor counts of theft by deception.  McLendon pled not guilty.  Judge Lewis continued his bond at $20,000 which had been previously set and posted.  On March 7th McLendon was indicted on similar charges.  Detective Sergeant Ric Roush says all the charges are in connection to thefts committed against Mclendon’s clients while he was employed at McLendon Mortgage in downtown Zanesville and Greater Ohio Mortgage in Maple Avenue.  Roush says the thefts occurred from 2009 to 2011 and involved cash and check payments to McLendon under the guise of credit repair, application fees and appraisal fees.