Roundup and court appearances begin for Valley arson fraud suspects

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Four suspects charged in a $1 million arson-for-profit case appeared in court Wednesday.

Lawyers with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office say 69-year-old Tricia Floyd is the “ringleader” of the group, which plotted a series of intentional fires where suspects collected insurance money.

All seven were secretly indicted last week, with most facing some serious charges.

“This is a felony of the first degree, the highest count, which is engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. It carries with it a possible prison sentence, a mandatory prison sentence of 11 years,” said Special Prosecutor Dan Kasaris.

Two of the seven indicted have not been caught, but Theodore Wynn, of Youngstown, was arrested by U.S. Marshals overnight. He’s due in court next week.

Insurance Fraud Suspects: Patricia Floyd, Jessica Gonzalez, Juan Rodriguez, , Chris Gibboney,Theodore Wynn
Top L to R: Patricia Floyd, Jessica Gonzalez, Juan Rodriguez; Bottom L to R: Chris Gibboney, Theodore Wynn

Trial for all seven is set for late next month. The suspects include:

The others indicted are:

  • Tricia Floyd, aka Patricia Floyd, 69, of Youngstown
  • Kyrene Rodriquez, aka Kyrene Moirai Rinard Floyd, 36, of Youngstown
  • Heather Marie Kellar, formerly known as James Kellar, 48, of Niles
  • Theodore Edward Dozier Wynn, aka Ted Wynn, 29, of Youngstown
  • Juan Rodriguez, aka Johnny Rodriguez, 32, of Youngstown
  • Christopher J. Gibboney, 29, of Girard
  • Jessica Gonzalez, 51, of Youngstown

Editor’s note: This story previously released the wrong mugshot for Heather (James) Kellar. That mugshot, of a different person by the same name, has been removed. We’re sorry for the mistake.

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