Lima, OH (WIMA) -- An Elida carpet business owner was taken into cutsody last week- following an investigation.


Complaints made to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office alleged that 48 year old Gerald Sevitz said that he had defrauded multiple people in the area out of large sums of cash through his carpet business- Quality Flooring.


Sevitz was arrested on Thursday.

He defrauded eight victims out of monies in excess of two hundred thousand dollars.


He is currently in custody and charged with one count of theft by deception- which is a 4th degree felony.


The investigation will be presented in the next session of the Allen County Grand Jury.