AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Eleven people and two businesses want their money back after they say they paid for construction work that was never completed.
Brenda Jones’ front pitch of her Boardman home’s roof is covered with a tarp.
“When it rains, I’ve got a leak that’s coming down over my bedroom. I can hear it hit the ceiling,” she said.
The Ohio Restoration Group told Jones that the leak was most likely caused by hail damage. The company offered her a free inspection in June 2015 and though it took a year, State Farm eventually agreed to pay $5,700 to have the roof fixed.
“I signed it over to Ohio Restoration. In hindsight, of course, I would have put it into my account and said, ‘As soon as you fix it, then I pay you,'” Jones said.
Ohio Restoration Group was located at 557 S. Meridian Rd. in a strip plaza on Youngstown’s west side. The company was in Suite 4, which is now for rent.
Police say two people are behind the Ohio Restoration Group – Ancil Wilson, who lists a Sarasota, Florida address, and Camri Druzen, of St. Clairsville.
Druzen appeared in Austintown Court Wednesday, charged with several felonies, including bad checks and grand theft. She turned herself in but police are still looking for Wilson, who is also facing charges.
“They’re a roofing company that were operating around here for several years, and we started getting multiple complaints that they were taking initial payments to complete a job and were failing to show up to do the job,” said Major Jeff Allen with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department. “So it started building and building until it got to about ten different victims.”
Some of those victims filed complaints with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. There are 11 from six different communities dating back to July, all telling the same story.
They say they hired Ohio Restoration Group to fix their roofs, the work was never done and now no one is calling them back. The amounts ranged from $2,400 to $8,300.
When police saw there was between $50,000 and $60,000 total, they decided to step in.
“[Druzen] has turned herself in and is out on bond right now. Ancil Wilson has fled the area and we are attempting to locate him,” Allen said.
Both Wilson and Druzen have been active on social media. In July, Wilson bragged about buying a $5,000 bottle of champagne and in May, Druzen posted a picture of a bed full of bags after what appears to be a shopping spree that a friend said was “tens of thousands of dollars.”
Druzen didn’t speak during the short hearing at Austintown Court on Wednesday. The case will now be heard by a Mahoning County Grand Jury.