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Kenneth Arron, Ex-Park Forest Theater Manager, Gets 2 Years In Prison for Forgery

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Kenneth Arron speaks to the Village Board in March 2010, identifying himself as 'Kenny Yochelson.' (Photo: ENEWSPF)

Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Sun-Times reports that Kenneth Arron, A.K.A. Kenny Yochelson, the former manager of the movie theater in DownTown Park Forest, was sentenced to two years in prison on forgery charges.

According to the Sun-Times, Kenneth Arron, 50, "pleaded guilty to forgery, admitting he applied for a business license in Park Forest using a fake name since he knew his lengthy criminal record would bar him from getting one."

In September 2010, Park Forest police said a background check of Kenneth W. Arron revealed that he has an extensive criminal history, including felony convictions in Illinois, Arizona, and Ohio. Arron, then 48 of 1058 Jeffrey Court, Lombard, IL, was arrested during a routine traffic stop on September 13, and charged with one count of State benefits fraud, a Class 3 felony, and one count of forgery related to the alleged fraudulent business license application, also a Class 3 felony. In addition, Arron was charged with conducting an unlicensed raffle, driving while license was suspended, and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

Police said at the time they also discovered a condo in the 1600 block of West Ogden Road in Chicago under the name "Kenny Yochelson."

Arron was discharged from the Illinois Department of Corrections in July, 2007, according to police. He became manager of the Holiday Star Theater, 340 Main St., Park Forest, in 2010 and served as manager until he was arrested on a charge of battery in August 2010.

On August 19, 2010, a woman purchased a hot dog at the Holiday Star Theater. According to a report of the incident received by eNews Park Forest, she paid with a credit card. Staff apologized after discovering there were no hot dogs left. She asked for a refund, and the encounter she subsequently had with Kenneth Arron led her to call police.

Police began their investigation of this incident and alerted Commander Paul Winfrey of apparent discrepancies relating to the identity of the individual known at the time as Kenny Yochelson, the owner of the Holiday Star Theater. According to police, Cmdr. Winfrey could find no information for a subject named “Kenneth Yochelson” through any database or law enforcement tool, other than through the Secretary of State’s Office where Kenneth Yochelson was listed as the Agent for the Holiday Star Theater. The vehicle that Yochelson drove was checked. A title search of the vehicle showed that the vehicle is registered to Holiday Star Theater at the address of 1058 Jeffrey Ct, Lombard, IL. A database search of this address showed that the elderly residents’ last name is “Arron.” Police say led to the discovery that Kenny Yochelson was, in fact, Kenneth W. Arron.

Kenneth Arron mug shot
Kenneth Arron. (PHOTO: PFPD)

Police say a background check of Kenneth W. Arron revealed that he has an extensive criminal history, including felony convictions in Illinois, Arizona, and Ohio. Police say he was discharged from the Illinois Department of Corrections in July, 2007. He has used the names C.W. Roberts, David Yochelson, Patrice Bombs, Kenneth Aaron, Pete Thomas, and Aaron Meyer Lansky, according to police.

Police say he has used the aliases C.W. Roberts, David Yochelson, Patrice Bombs, Kenneth Aaron, Pete Thomas, and Aaron Meyer Lansky in the past.

Aaron Meyer Lansky was also the name of "a Jewish-American organized crime figure who, along with his associate Charles "Lucky" Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the "National Crime Syndicate" in the United States."

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