Cincinnati man faces felony theft charge in Piqua

PIQUA — Cincinnati resident Brian N. Davies, 37, was transported from the Clermont County Jail to the Miami County Jail on fifth-degree felony charge from back in July 2008.

The incident was reportedly a scam involving a Piqua resident attempting to get her mobile home inspected and ready to sell. According to Piqua police reports, the resident stated she had been contacted by a man claiming to be a real estate broker out of Lansing, Mich. The broker reportedly claimed to have customers interested in the mobile home but had requested the mobile home be inspected.

The broker claimed his company would pay for half of the $1,900 inspection and that she would have to pay for the other half of the costs. He told the resident to send $950 through Western Union to the inspector in St. Louis, Mo. The resident did so, reportedly forwarding the money to Brian Davies. She was contacted again by the broker, who claimed that she needed to forward an additional $718 to St. Louis, Mo. due to some unspecified errors.

The broker then contacted the resident a third time for more money. He claimed that his alleged company was “going to send a different inspector to her residence to inspect the mobile home, but needed her to forward another $950 to Lansing, [Mich.], Western Union,” according to Piqua police reports. “He told her that once she forwarded this money, an inspector would come and inspect and transport the mobile home to Lansing to be purchased,” Piqua police reports stated.

After that third time of sending more money, the resident never heard from the broker again. The resident attempted to call the broker, but there was no answer and no answering machine. The resident also attempted to contact Davies, but she was advised that the phone was out of service.

Piqua police contacted that Police Department in Lansing, Mich. and found that the address that the broker had given the Piqua resident did not exist in Lansing, Mich. Piqua police also contacted the Western Union Fraud Department, who advised that Davies picked up the money order from the Piqua resident in Collinsville, Ill. Davies also provided an Ohio ID when picking up the cash.

According to Miami County public records, Davies faced four extradition charges this year from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office. Davies is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Davies on July 8.