Christopher Bohnenkamp, the co-founder of Niagara Jet Adventures, a Youngstown tour boat company, was sentenced last week to five years and three months in federal prison on charges of defrauding 13 people in eight states and Canada who tried to buy jet boats from his Idaho-based boat-building company.
According to court papers, Bohnenkamp spent the money on gambling, vehicles and vacations. One of the victims was Michael J. Fox of Lewiston, Bohnenkamp's original partner in Niagara Jet. Fox ordered a $450,000 boat for the business from Bohnenkamp, but received nothing. In 2016, Fox sold Niagara Jet to its current owner, Brian L. Price.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Boise, Idaho, said restitution will be determined at a future hearing. Prosecutors originally sought forfeiture of $2.67 million.