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CLEVELAND, Ohio - A federal judge handed down his sentence on Wednesday to the last of four men convicted of devising a scheme to ram a truck into a Boardman business to collect the insurance.

A judge in U.S. District Court sentenced Paul Amon to nine months house confinement and three years probation after he was convicted on a federal conspiracy charge. Charges of wire fraud and mail fraud were dropped. Amon must also make restitution in the amount of $99,850.83.

Amon was indicted for his part in the plot to have someone drive a pickup truck through the front window of Mum's The Word florist shop on route 224 and collect damages from three insurance companies.

According to the indictment, it was in December of 2009 that the owner of the business, James Landis, told construction company owner Joseph Amon, that his floral business was having financial difficulties and may have to go out of business.
 
One week later Thomas Franco and Paul Amon, who is Joseph's brother, met with Landis and plotted to "drive a truck into the floral shop as a staged accident."
 
According to the indictment, "Paul Amon advised James Landis to move all valuable inventory to the front of the store."  On January 27, 2010 Franco drove the pickup truck into the business causing heavy damage.
 
The owner of the floral shop received more than $73,000 in insurance money, and paid nearly $48,000 of it to the Amon brothers to make repairs.   Franco received nearly $12,000 for insurance taken out on the truck.

Landis, Franco, and Joseph Amon were sentenced earlier for their part in the crime.

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