MARIETTA — A home improvement contractor in southeast Ohio is facing 70 criminal charges for allegedly stealing more than $400,000 from homeowners, including four elderly victims.
A Washington County grand jury indicted Patrick Wilson, 29, Wednesday on 68 counts of theft and one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and telecommunications fraud, according to a press release from Ohio Attorney General David Yost's office.
Wilson, of Morgan County, allegedly accepted large down payments from clients to buy building materials for decks, pole barns, garages and houses, but he never delivered the supplies, completed the work or refunded the money. A total of 34 people from Ohio and West Virginia say they lost a combined $412,000 to Wilson from January 2017 through June 2019.
Wilson has done business under the names Logan Madison Construction, Twin Building Supply, C&M Construction and Wilson Contracting. He has also used the last name Eltringham.
Ohio victims live in Belmont, Fairfield, Franklin, Guernsey, Knox, Licking, Medina, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Richland, Summit, Washington and Wayne counties. Victims in West Virginia are from Marion, Pleasant, Tyler and Wood counties.
Yost’s Economic Crimes Unit conducted the investigation with assistance from the Crooksville Police Department, Medina County Sheriff's Office, Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, Pickaway County Sheriff's Office, Washington County Sheriff's Office and Washington County Prosecutor’s Office. Yost’s office is prosecuting the case.
Consumers who suspect an unfair or deceptive sales practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.