Youngstown murder suspect sentenced for using counterfeit checks at casinos
A Youngstown man already being held in jail for murder and a serious traffic crash has been sentenced by a federal judge for using fake id’s to cash counterfeit checks at East Coast Casinos.
Robert Lee Weaver III, 38, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison after being convicted of identity theft.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, an investigation by Homeland Security and Pennsylvania State Police found that in 2017 Weaver used false identifications cards to negotiate counterfeit checks at casinos along the east coast, including Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
The Court also ordered Weaver to make restitution totaling $31,050 to DiTronics Corporation.
Weaver remains held in the Mahoning County Jail awaiting trial on two separate local cases charging him with murder, a weapons violation, and aggravated vehicular assault.
Authorities say Weaver fatally shot 22-year-old Lamar Reed on February 21, 2022 on Russell Avenue on Youngstown’s West Side.
Reed was found dead in the road at the intersection of North Belle Vista and Donald Avenues. If convicted, Weaver could face life in prison.
The vehicular assault charge stems from an August 13, 2020, crash along Route 422 in Youngstown.
State Troopers say Weaver was driving an SUV that crossed over a concrete center divider, striking a car head on. The other driver and a passenger in Weaver’s car were seriously injured.
The next court hearing in those cases is scheduled for January 27.