Police: Man scammed Lebanon resident out of thousands

Michael Carswell (Source: Lebanon Police Department)
Michael Carswell (Source: Lebanon Police Department)

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Authorities arrested a man after an investigation revealed he had scammed a Lebanon home owner out of thousands of dollars.

Michael Carswell, 35, of Morrow, agreed to replace the roof on a house owned and occupied by a 71-year-old Lebanon resident in July 2011. Carswell and the resident agreed upon the price of $5,000 for the project and the work was to be completed in two to three weeks.

Since the agreement, Carswell had received in excess of $80,000 from the homeowner and the roofing job had not been completed. The homeowner told authorities that Carswell had continuously returned to the home requesting more money for the project.

Carswell was arrested on Sept. 2 for theft by deception, a felony of the second degree. He is being held at the Warren County Jail.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of Michael Carswell in a similar scheme, call Detective Robb White of the Lebanon Police Department at 513-228-3323.

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