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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 30, 2013

Contact: Special Agent David Coulson

Public Information Officer, ATF

O: (219) 755-6310

C: (219) 746-9776

ATF Lakewood Ohio Police Arrest Four

CLEVELAND — Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Columbus Field Division, Cleveland I Field Office, and the Lakewood Ohio Police Department today arrested four individuals and is still seeking a fifth on state charges.

The criminal complaints filed with respect to the following individuals allege that on various dates between November 2011 and August 2012, David B Simons, 39, of 3010 Hudson Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221; Ronald R. Robey, 61, of 27 Surrey Lane, Cleveland; Gary E. Tritto, 60, and Matthew C. Kaye, 32, both of 390 Steven Blvd., Richmond Heights, Ohio 44143 were arrested on various charges related to their alleged roles in an arson fraud scheme that involved a murder–for–hire case.

"These arrests highlight the outstanding work that dedicated ATF agents and our law enforcement partners do to keep our citizens safe," said Acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher J. Hyman. "This investigation is a cooperative effort that required a lot of long hours and excellent coordination among investigators, prosecutors and agencies throughout the region, and epitomizes the fine work law enforcement does every day."

Charges are merely allegations of criminal conduct and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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