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Contractor Ralph Slaske Jr. indicted in Wood County court, nationwide warrant out for his arrest

Prosecutors say Slaske defrauded banks, customers, and contractors in the construction industry.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Ralph Slaske Jr. was indicted in Wood County Court Thursday for several offenses related to his construction businesses.

Slaske is charged with aggravated theft, forgery and money laundering, all of which are felonies. Prosecutors say Slaske defrauded multiple customers, banks, and subcontractors in the construction industry.

Court documents say Slaske took money from customers without providing services and defrauded banks by forging affidavits stating work had been done when it had not. Slaske closed his business in 2018 and left multiple projects incomplete despite taking money for them.

If convicted on all counts, Slaske faces a maximum of 14-18 years in prison. A nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest.

In 2018, Slaske was charged with theft in Ottawa County for taking money from customers, then shutting down operations.

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