Former Delphos-area CEO serving prison time could face more time


First Posted: 5/8/2014

VAN WERT — The former chief executive officer of a former Delphos company serving time in prison for charges involving his relationship with a woman is back in trouble.

Robert Fishbein, 50, pleaded not guilty Thursday to eight counts of violation of a civil protection order, each a fifth-degree felony.

He has a pretrial scheduled for May 14 in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court.

The charges accuse Fishbein of trying to contact the victim from his previous cases that put him in prison. He tried to do it multiple times from the Southeastern Correctional Institution, said Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach.

Fishbein was the CEO of I&K Distributors in Delphos. The woman he harassed was a former employee of that company.

Fishbein was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison on four counts of phone harassment and one count of intimidation of a victim or witness. He was scheduled to be released in October.

The charges that put him in prison accused him of making threatening remarks to the victim about testifying in another criminal case. The other charges were for him calling the victim at her mother’s house and harassing a person at the house or trying to reach the victim through her job.