Ex-restaurant owner could face renewed charge

Eva Christian. (Photo/Ohio Department of Corrections)
Eva Christian. (Photo/Ohio Department of Corrections)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton restauranteur convicted of insurance fraud for trying to burn down her failing restaurant could face a re-issued charge.

The Ohio Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling that Eva Christian did not engage in a pattern of corrupt activity.

The high court ordered the Court of Appeals to reconsider their decision that Christian’s actions did not amount to a criminal enterprise.

Christian was convicted after prosecutors say she staged a burglary and shooting at her home then arranged to have her restaurant Cena vandalized and blown up.

The Court of Appeals upheld the insurance fraud and making false alarms convictions, but dropped the corrupt activity charge.

“We are pleased that the Supreme Court has found and recognized that a defendant’s actions of creating a group of people to commit serious crimes is engaging in a corrupt activity and creates a situation that is more dangerous and can be punished in addition to the other crimes committed,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck.

Christian is currently serving a nine year prison sentence.

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