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Victims of accused serial thief come forward

Posted at 6:19 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 19:28:04-05

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Leah Allen waited almost 30 years to get married.

When she did get married, she thought Louis Gibbs was someone she could trust to plan it. Now authorities say they're investigating Gibbs as a serial scam artist.

"I showed up for my wedding that day, I had no photographer, no DJ and my wedding cake was from Kroger," Allen said.

She said that was Gibbs' chance to make things right. A year ahead of time, her pool team helped collect money for his fundraiser. Allen sold $3,000 in tickets, but when the day finally came, there were no prizes to be raffled off.

"I put a post on Facebook,  'If you've been affected by this man, please let me know,' and within 10 minutes there were so many people," Allen said.

Now with the help of Middletown, Trenton and Fairfield Township police, Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Gloria Sigman helped organize a meeting for people who say Gibbs scammed them. The purpose was to get an idea of the victims and dollar amounts so authorities can continue their investigation.

People who came to the meeting Friday alleged nearly $20,000 in theft. One man said Gibbs never paid him for a fundraiser at his golf course, supposedly to benefit "disabled American veterans."

Prosecutors say there's little chance any of the victims will get their money back.

For Allen, it's about what he did on the biggest day of her life. But her friends and family did step up to capture the big day.

"I don’t think it would bother me so much if it wasn't my wedding," Allen said.

Gibbs is currently being held in jail.