PIQUA — The owner of multiple properties in Piqua is being accused of multiple thefts by deception after allegedly refusing to pay for services rendered to him, with some of the alleged incidents occurring in 2015.
Based on multiple complaints, the Piqua Police Department Investigation Division arrested Duaine E. Liette, 57, of Sidney, on Thursday. He was incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on four counts of fifth-degree felony theft by deception and three counts of first-degree misdemeanor theft by deception.
Liette was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on Friday before being released from jail on his own recognizance.
The cases investigated were all related to complaints from people stating they were hired to complete work for Liette, but did not receive payment, according to a press release from the Piqua Police Department.
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, the reported incidents took place at residences on:
• Lincoln Street on June 1, 2015
• The 1200 block of Broadway Street on June 15, 2015
• The 1000 block of Broadway Street on June 30, 2017
• The 1500 block of Broadway Street on June 30, 2017
• Broadway Street on July 1, 2017
Anyone else who believes they may be a victim under this pattern of activity in Piqua is asked to call (937) 440-9911 at any time and file a report with the dispatched officer.
The Piqua Police Department will investigate further to determine if additional charges are supported.
Reach Sam Wildow at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 451-3336