A Wilmington man has been indicted for allegedly taking tens of thousands of dollars from southwest Ohio consumers for fence installations he never provided, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday.
Phillip R. Sholler Jr., 41, was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury on the following charges:
• Theft from the elderly, third-degree felonies (two counts)
• Theft from the elderly, fourth-degree felonies (four counts)
•Theft, fourth-degree felonies (two counts)
•Theft, fifth-degree felonies (four counts)
Sholler was recently arrested by Blanchester police and charged with writing bad checks. He was indicted by a Clinton County grand jury and faces similar charges in Warren and Butler counties, police said.
Sholler, who did business as Sholler Fence LLC, is accused of stealing about $48,000 from six homeowners between July and December 2017, DeWine announced. According to investigators, he took cash or checks from the homeowners but never installed the fencing and never delivered any materials.
Consumers who suspect a scam or unfair sales practice should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioProtects.org or 800-282-0515.