NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio -- An accomplice ratted out a father-son team charged with stealing from a disabled man, according to North College Hill police.
Officer Jay Manning said investigators believe Rick and Michael Boeddeker, along with William Morgan, altered checks to make the amounts higher than the account owner, James Moses, intended.
Moses said he'd hired Rick Boeddeker to do some landscaping and maintenance work around his home.
Manning said that, because Moses is disabled and can't write well, the suspects would write his checks for him so they could be paid. They'd leave enough room to make the checks for larger amounts, Manning said -- in one case, he said, turning a $50 check into one for $850.
"'I'll pay you back in a week or so,'" Moses said Boeddeker told him. "He never did in about three or four years. So he kept making excuses, every time he came over here he kept wanting money or a delay or something. He got me PO'd on him."
After banks caught onto what may have been happening, the account was flagged when Morgan tried to deposit another check, Manning said.
They stole from Moses for nearly three years, Manning said, taking upwards of $15,000.
"I'd like to go over and wring their necks," Moses said.
Manning also said North College Hill police believe there may be more victims "because usually if they have the game, they play the game with others."
Michael Boeddeker, 21, faces charges of forgery, theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, and security writings by deception, according to Hamilton County court records.
Rick Boeddeker, 50, also faces charges of forgery, theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, and security writings by deception, according to court records.
William Morgan, 38, faces a charge of theft from an elderly person or disabled adult, according to court records.
Anyone who had work done by any of the three men is encouraged to call North College Hill Police Department at 513-521-7171 and speak with Manning or Lt. John Ferguson.