Local businessman arrested for theft, bigamy

Oct 25, 2013 Full story: The Times Bulletin 30

The man who was assumed to be the owner of the Black Swamp Bistro in Van Wert, Michael G. Johnson, was in court Friday after being arrested on two charges.

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Little Jerry Seinfeld

Mount Vernon, OH

#1 Oct 25, 2013
No way!
just curious

Van Wert, OH

#2 Oct 25, 2013
Little Jerry Seinfeld wrote:
No way!
Yes way...lol...haven't you been paying attention?
Stupid

Mclean, VA

#3 Oct 25, 2013
Wow, I can't comprehend getting married even once, let alone multiple times. Was this guy a con artist in it for the money? He had to be playing these women.
And.....LMAO at Mayor Farmer for marrying this couple and being so proud of it he put it on his facebook. He took it down now though.
Mr Mayor..... you take the credit, you have to take the blame as well.
bambi

Van Wert, OH

#4 Oct 25, 2013
Greg might have been working with the city to get there loans and grants for new businesses. He wanted to purchase another restaurant in town and that is probably where Michele came in to place. He needed her to sign the papers, he never puts his name on anything. If this would have went thru, the city would probably be in lawsuit number 2 for loan default. In this case when police got whim of what was going on they notified the city. He also was doing the same thing in Bryan. Police knew it and set up a sting operation. Maybe someone from the city should say a big THANK YOU to Mrs. Agler for reporting her thefts and it just went wild from there.
idiots

Sunbury, OH

#5 Oct 25, 2013
Is Greg his name? The paper said it was Michael.
just me

Marysville, OH

#6 Oct 25, 2013
Greg is his middle name.

Since: Jul 12

Van Wert, OH

#7 Oct 26, 2013
I nothing else, the real owner of this restaurant is likely just as much of a victim of this person as anyone else. As long as the individual in question is removed, we'll continue to be a patron of that establishment. As for local officials, it is probably an embarrassing scandal for those who got too close to it all.

I've seen this sort of contagion in my own network. Before I terminated my agreement with that individual in my network, he stole more than $300K from everyone he conducted business with. The end result was to learn considerably more about sociopathic behavior and how to recognize signs before they get to harm others.
Valley

Cincinnati, OH

#9 Oct 31, 2013
Greg was a big basketball standout back in the '70's in Lockland, Ohio. Wonder what they think of their big star now?
Reading OHIO

Fairfield, OH

#10 Nov 5, 2013
I was also a victim in his scam of restaurant and signing of my name on things (contracts and checking accounts). He also opened a restaurant in downtown Cincinnati called Bag Pipes. Were he used my name and signed my name on many things. He also took out a line of credit or some type of loan and used my home to get the money. Which was never paid back to the bank. Now I am going to lose my home over this. And the banks will not help me. I also was engaged to Michael Gregory aka Gregory Michael or just Greg, which ever he is going by cause he uses all of these names. I didn't marry this man because I figured out he was a scammer, or con-man. When the jewelry store called and asked for the ring back cause he never paid for it. I also found out later that he was still married and had children in another state. He also was transferring money from our account to Mrs. Agler's accounts. So these two have history together. When I moved out from his so called home he was "buying" the electric went into her name(Mrs. Agler). So I think she was a part in his scams.I am not the only person he scammed there is a line of people in Cincinnati, Oh. In fact probably all over the country. I really hope he is put away for a very long time, like the rest of his life!!!! And this will not happen to any more innocent women, men or business. Wish there was more I could do to help add to his jail time!! Because I am a Victim of his crimes.
bambi

Van Wert, OH

#11 Nov 5, 2013
Reading OHIO wrote:
I was also a victim in his scam of restaurant and signing of my name on things (contracts and checking accounts). He also opened a restaurant in downtown Cincinnati called Bag Pipes. Were he used my name and signed my name on many things. He also took out a line of credit or some type of loan and used my home to get the money. Which was never paid back to the bank. Now I am going to lose my home over this. And the banks will not help me. I also was engaged to Michael Gregory aka Gregory Michael or just Greg, which ever he is going by cause he uses all of these names. I didn't marry this man because I figured out he was a scammer, or con-man. When the jewelry store called and asked for the ring back cause he never paid for it. I also found out later that he was still married and had children in another state. He also was transferring money from our account to Mrs. Agler's accounts. So these two have history together. When I moved out from his so called home he was "buying" the electric went into her name(Mrs. Agler). So I think she was a part in his scams.I am not the only person he scammed there is a line of people in Cincinnati, Oh. In fact probably all over the country. I really hope he is put away for a very long time, like the rest of his life!!!! And this will not happen to any more innocent women, men or business. Wish there was more I could do to help add to his jail time!! Because I am a Victim of his crimes.
Mrs. Agler met Greg in July of 2010 during this time she really never suspected anything until he started taking money from the restaurant she bought. Just as you mentioned before, he never put his name on nothing. That is how he scammed so many people. After reading your post it does explain a lot of things that has happened. Please contact the Van Wert Ohio police on what you know.
Reading Ohio

Fairfield, OH

#12 Nov 5, 2013
bambi wrote:
<quoted text> Mrs. Agler met Greg in July of 2010 during this time she really never suspected anything until he started taking money from the restaurant she bought. Just as you mentioned before, he never put his name on nothing. That is how he scammed so many people. After reading your post it does explain a lot of things that has happened. Please contact the Van Wert Ohio police on what you know.
I have contacted the Van Wert Police. I did tell them what had happened to me. They asked a few questions and thats all. Haven't heard anything from them since. She also was with Greg, at the downtown Cincinnati Bag Pipes and had to know what he was doing to me. Several Chef's and employees had said she was at the restaurant with Greg on numerous times. I was hardly ever there. Do to it was his place and I worked a full time job. Now I have to pay for what he has done!!! I am thankful he has finally been caught. Very afraid if and when he gets out. Has he been sentence yet?? Another way he had people feel sorry for him was that he faked that he had CANCER. I also fell for this trick. and took care of this man that was completely healthy. But pretended that he was sick and had cancer. He also claimed he had Lou Gehrig's Disease. Which over time he was healed from all? I was such a fool!!! Can you inform me on what is going on now, with this case? Has he been sentenced?
interested bystander

Van Wert, OH

#13 Nov 5, 2013
Reading Ohio wrote:
<quoted text>
I have contacted the Van Wert Police. I did tell them what had happened to me. They asked a few questions and thats all. Haven't heard anything from them since. She also was with Greg, at the downtown Cincinnati Bag Pipes and had to know what he was doing to me. Several Chef's and employees had said she was at the restaurant with Greg on numerous times. I was hardly ever there. Do to it was his place and I worked a full time job. Now I have to pay for what he has done!!! I am thankful he has finally been caught. Very afraid if and when he gets out. Has he been sentence yet?? Another way he had people feel sorry for him was that he faked that he had CANCER. I also fell for this trick. and took care of this man that was completely healthy. But pretended that he was sick and had cancer. He also claimed he had Lou Gehrig's Disease. Which over time he was healed from all? I was such a fool!!! Can you inform me on what is going on now, with this case? Has he been sentenced?
You and Mrs. Agler are only two of what seems like countless people this man has scammed over the years. I don't think Mrs. Agler knew what was going on at Bag Pipes but I'm sure that if she ever confronted Greg about anyting he lied to her just like he did to everyone else. Actually she is the one that started the investigation that resulted in Greg being arrested. It is good that you contacted the Van Wert Police Department. I'm sure they added your info to his growing file. There has been no sentencing yet, but our grand jury met last Friday, so there could be more charges pending. I really doubt if you know one tenth of the stuff he as pulled of over the years.

Since: Jul 12

Van Wert, OH

#14 Nov 5, 2013
Within my own network of clients, I have seen one bad apple cause severe financial damage with the network, and everyone he did business with. That he's doing any jail time is only of small consolation to those who lost more than $300K collectively. It was a painful realization that a sociopath had infiltrated so many livelihoods, in a way similar to the above situation. The worst part of it all is how the euphimism of a sociopath (Anti-social Personality Disorder) makes them seem so different than they really are. Sociopaths are very charming and lack any remorse for harming others, seeking out new and vulnerable people to be their next victims. My own exposure to types like that took months to recover from economically. The best possible outcome for involvement with anyone that fits the characteristics below, is to escape and put as much distance between you and them. If they let you live, the escape was successful.

http://www.mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html
M Jamestown RI

Plymouth, VT

#15 Nov 8, 2013
Reading OHIO wrote:
I was also a victim in his scam of restaurant and signing of my name on things (contracts and checking accounts). He also opened a restaurant in downtown Cincinnati called Bag Pipes. Were he used my name and signed my name on many things. He also took out a line of credit or some type of loan and used my home to get the money. Which was never paid back to the bank. Now I am going to lose my home over this. And the banks will not help me. I also was engaged to Michael Gregory aka Gregory Michael or just Greg, which ever he is going by cause he uses all of these names. I didn't marry this man because I figured out he was a scammer, or con-man. When the jewelry store called and asked for the ring back cause he never paid for it. I also found out later that he was still married and had children in another state. He also was transferring money from our account to Mrs. Agler's accounts. So these two have history together. When I moved out from his so called home he was "buying" the electric went into her name(Mrs. Agler). So I think she was a part in his scams.I am not the only person he scammed there is a line of people in Cincinnati, Oh. In fact probably all over the country. I really hope he is put away for a very long time, like the rest of his life!!!! And this will not happen to any more innocent women, men or business. Wish there was more I could do to help add to his jail time!! Because I am a Victim of his crimes.
This piece of useless crap did the same thing here in RI last year!!! Conning a women with $$$ into buying and opening three restaurants. He hired me as GM for all three. He paid me well , until checks to vendors started bouncing!!! I quit just in time. He still owes THOUSANDS to employees and vendors here. "Greg" claimed to be a pitcher for The Montreal Expos and play professional Basketball, oh yeah he said he was on the 1980 Olympic Basketball Team. Yes he also claimed to have bone cancer and a steel rod for a femur. The woman he conned finally had enough of his crazy outbursts and fits of drug induced anger and gave him the boot. Too late he left her owing THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, BECAUSE HE NEVER PUT HIS NAME ON ANYTHING!!!!!! I hope he stays in jail forever!!!!! He still owes me $$$$$
Friend of the Scammed

Cranston, RI

#16 Nov 8, 2013
There are so many good people in Rhode Island who have been scammed by this psycho. People who trusted him. People who depended on paying their rent only to find a padlock on the door. Vendors, craftsmen who built beautiful handcrafted bars for his Jamestown and Cranston bars. businesses who built an outdoor patio in his Cranston Tavern.
maybe a class action suit is in order. So many people hurt.
I guess when he said he was going to Ohio for cancer treatments, it was to pick up $$$ and other bars.
He was so scared in Cranston, he used to pay a girl to go pick up the cash at the bar.
SICKO.....need to be put away so he doesn't hurt other people.
Roll Tide

Mendon, OH

#17 Nov 8, 2013
Anyone looking for him can find him at the Van Wert Correctional Facility. I think he's going to be there a while, based on the arraignment information in the newspaper.

Since: Jul 12

Van Wert, OH

#18 Nov 8, 2013
Good. At least now he will have some kind of criminal record that directly connects to how he harms others that people can refer to when dealing with him in the future. My former client only has a double dui and driving under FRA suspension charge and a half-dozen lawsuits, but nothing criminal in terms of business. If he changes industry, people may well not notice much, which makes him a potential threat to anyone he comes in contact with.
Doing Time in MA_RI

Mansfield, MA

#19 Nov 8, 2013
I was set up and scammed in MA & RI by this man. Same story, same set up, same lies. He may end up doing time in OH, but I feel I am the one doing time in MA and RI. He left me with insurmountable debt to both states and so much more that I will never be able to pay it. It's not right. There is no justice here.
hmmmm

Waynesfield, OH

#20 Nov 8, 2013
Why didnt you press charges?
Doing Time in MA_RI

Mansfield, MA

#21 Nov 8, 2013
hmmmm wrote:
Why didnt you press charges?
I was told by local RI police that they did not have enough evidence to charge him. I am still pursuing with MA authorities and State police.

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