June 16, 2024

Patrick Louis Wilson of Morgan County was indicted Wednesday in Washington County on 70 charges, which include 68 counts of theft exceeding $400,000.

The 29-year-old man, also known as Patrick Louis Eltringham, allegedly defrauded homeowners by accepting large down payments for building supplies he never delivered.

Wilson faces other charges including one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and one count of telecommunications fraud. He reportedly scammed 34 victims, which include four older individuals, between January 2017 and June 2019.

Reports of Wilson’s fraudulent activities reached the Washington County Prosecutor Nicole Coil through Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carr. He was alerted by an elderly local man who fell victim to Wilson’s scam.

Coil said the investigation revealed a pattern of similar scams carried out by Wilson in other counties. As the extent of the thefts became clear, she alerted other prosecutors in the state and the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

According to Coil, Wilson operated under several business names like Logan Madison Construction, Twin Buildings Supply, Wilson Contracting, and C&M Construction.

She noted that Wilson would often start a project, then vanish, after receiving money for materials he never purchased. In some instances, he would use the funds from one victim to make partial deliveries to another.

Eric Lyle of the Belmont Correctional Institution in St. Clairsville confirmed that Wilson has been incarcerated since July 22 for passing bad checks. He is expected to be released on April 16.

Interestingly, an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s office uncovered that Wilson was leading a double life with two wives.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Unit, which carried out the investigation, collaborated with the Crooksville Police Department, Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilson is set to be arraigned on Feb. 19, with the case to be prosecuted in Washington County and the Ohio Attorney General’s office serving as special counsel.

#### Quick facts:

– Patrick Louis Wilson, 29, from Malta, faces 70 charges in Washington County including 68 counts of theft.
– Allegedly, he scammed homeowners, including older victims, out of over $400,000.
– He operated as a home improvement contractor in southeast Ohio.
– An estimated 34 people from West Virginia and Ohio were scammed between January 2017 and June 2019.
– Wilson is currently serving a sentence at the Belmont Correctional Institution for passing bad checks.

Source: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Related Frequently Asked Questions

How did Patrick Louis Wilson manage to scam his victims?

Patrick Wilson operated as a home improvement contractor. He took large down payments from homeowners, promising to purchase and deliver building supplies. However, he never made these deliveries. He would sometimes start a job and then just vanish, leaving his victims with losses that ranged from $1,500 to $75,000.

How was the scam uncovered?

The scam came to light when one victim reported the incident to Washington County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Carr. This led to an investigation which revealed Wilson ‘s pattern of scamming victims across several counties. His deceptive activities were eventually communicated to the Ohio Attorney general’s office.

What consequences will Patrick Louis Wilson face for his actions?

Wilson has been slapped with 70 charges, including 68 counts of theft, which will be prosecuted in Washington County with the Ohio Attorney General’s office as special counsel. He is currently incarcerated at the Belmont Correctional Institution for a separate offence of passing bad checks.