A Youngstown area attorney has been convicted of participating in scheme to steal more than $1.3 million from the IRS. 

Following a six-day trial in front of U.S. District Judge Benita Y. Pearson in Youngstown, Robert J. Rohrbaugh, 49, of Canfield was convicted of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, aiding and abetting theft of government property, aiding and abetting false claims against the United States, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. 

According to court documents and and evidence presented at the trial, Rohrbaugh assisted co-conspirators Brandon Mace and Terris Chanley Baker with obtaining a tax refund check for a fictitious business in the amount of $1,352,799. 

Court documents state that in the early 2015, Mace and Baker attempted to launder money by purchasing several high-end and luxury vehicles. 

In addition, evidence showed that Mace and Baker used $150,000 of the refund check to pay Rohrbaugh for his services.

Co-defendant Brandon Mace pleaded guilty in September 2020 to his role in the scheme, and co-defendant Terris Chanley Baker was convicted by a jury for his role in April 2022.

Rohrbaugh is scheduled to be sentenced on May 16, 2023.