A Philadelphia philanthropist who offered large rewards last year to solve two South Florida homicides has received payment demands from an Ohio group that says he didn’t make good on his promise to pay a reward in a Columbus murder case, reports the Miami Herald. Central Ohio Crime Stoppers has demanded that businessman Joe Mammana demanding pay a promised $31,000 for information leading to an arrest in the slaying of an Ohio State University coed.
Mammana, owner of an egg-processing company, has pledged millions to help solve missing persons cases and unsolved crimes around the country. Mammana said the reward in the Ohio case will be paid only after a suspect is convicted. A spokesman said the Crime Stoppers program’s credibility is at stake. ”A lot of times, the people we offer reward money to aren’t the salt of the earth,” he said. “If someone who might be unsavory thinks he’s going get the money and you can’t pay, someone’s going to be upset.”