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Published: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 5:05 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 @ 9:35 PM
DAYTON — An Englewood man accused defrauding six couples and a business out of thousands of dollars is facing more than a dozen felony charges, including racketeering.
David C. Spitzer, 69, was indicted Tuesday for six counts of grand theft, eight counts of theft and a single count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
Spitzer owns and operates All Season Remodeling LLC based in Englewood. According to prosecutors, customers had approximately $175,000 stolen for projects that were either not started or completed.
Spitzer did not respond Wednesday to a message left on a cellphone number listed on his business card, and there was no active website for his company.
Dawne and Carl Williams of Riverside said they wrote a $11,525 check in September 2017 as a down payment for a big new garage — a place to keep their sports cars out of the elements — behind their Glendean Avenue home.
“We wrote him a check and 15 minutes after we wrote the check he was at our bank cashing it,” Dawne Williams said.
Weeks went by with no work done. Then months.
“He would try to haw around,” she said.
A year and a half later, “He has not even touched a blade of grass in your yard. He has not brought in any materials nor supplied any materials,” Williams said.
At one point, they went to Spitzer’s house after not being able to reach him by phone. They asked for their money back, but he said he didn’t have it, and would have to pay it in installments. The Williamses then went to Riverside police.
Their investigation led to this week’s indictment, which shows he is accused of thefts from many more families, and even one business.
“He either did no work at all, or only partial work,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Greg Flannagan.
Another customer, who lives in Vandalia, said he paid Spitzer $16,200 toward construction of a pole barn on a Jackson Road property. According to a civil lawsuit, the work was not completed.
As part of the indictment, Spitzer also is accused of stealing $3,000 from Carter’s Lumber.
“We feel like it’s unfair for somebody to take advantage of somebody, and if you’re doing it to more than one person, it needs to get out there so other people don’t get taken advantage of,” Williams said.
Details about the other incidents involving Spitzer were not immediately available. However, the allegations involve incidents that span from April 2017 to September 2018.
A warrant has been issued for Spitzer’s arrest. His arraignment is scheduled for March 19 — or sooner if he’s taken into custody — in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.