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Salesman indicted on 3 felony charges

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    Logan Forrer



ELYRIA — A shed salesman from Stark County who allegedly bilked a number of Lorain County residents out of thousands of dollars they paid for his products has been indicted by a grand jury on three felony charges.

Grand jurors handed up a three-count indictment against Logan Forrer, 26, of North Lawrence, charging him with two counts of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity — also known as racketeering — both second-degree felonies, and grand theft, a third-degree felony.

He was arrested on felony theft charges in April and released after posting $15,000 cash bond, according to court records. Court records did not indicate when he will have his initial appearance in Lorain County Common Pleas Court to answer the charges.

Elyria police began an investigation into Forrer, who worked as a contract distributor for Old Hickory Buildings on Midway Mall Boulevard, after his alleged victims said they paid Forrer money for sheds he never delivered.

Working on commission, he also never gave Old Hickory Buildings any of the money he made for them, Elyria police said. The company ended its business relationship with Forrer when the criminal allegations became public.

After registering the business with the Ohio Secretary of State in August, Forrer also sold sheds under the business name Dependable Sheds. Elyria police also said he conducted business through Facebook as Ohio Sheds.

Dependable Sheds has one complaint, filed May 1 with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, in that office’s online Consumer Complaint database. Resolution of that complaint, for “failure to deliver product or service,” is listed as “pending.”

At least a dozen victims from Lorain, Huron, Summit and Portage counties came forward to claim that Forrer sold them sheds but never delivered the goods, Elyria police said. No pending criminal cases against Forrer were found Monday in a search of those court systems.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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