A Riverside couple went to police after they wrote Spitzer a $11,525 check in September 2017 as a down payment for a new garage, and he had yet to start the project a year and a half later.
At one point, the couple 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.
Their investigation led to his indictment, which shows he is accused of thefts from many more families, and even one business.
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,” one of the customers said.
Spitzer is currently in Montgomery County Jail. His court appearance today is for a case involving check fraud out of Wayne County, Indiana.
We will update this story with any new details that emerge from today’s appearance.