Ohio AG: Cincinnati home remodeler stole nearly $213,000 from customers in less than a year

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 17:17:00-04

A Cincinnati-based home remodeler stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from 24 clients in the span of less than a year, accepting $212,938 in payments for work he never started, according to the office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

John Drennan, 33, stands charged with a first-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 48 counts of theft — 46 felonies, two misdemeanors.

According to his indictment, Drennan used his business Basement Boost and Bath Boost to commit the series of thefts between November 2017 and August 2018. Eleven of his victims were in Hamilton County. The remaining 13 were distributed among Butler, Greene, Miami and Warren counties in Ohio, Campbell County in Kentucky and Ohio County, Indiana.

“This guy was in the business of deception,” Yost said in Friday’s news release. “Evidence shows he took thousands of dollars from these victims without ever starting any work or delivering supplies for their home repair projects.”