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May 15, 2021

OPP charge cottage country contractor with defrauding more homeowners

A contractor in Ontario’s cottage country already accused of bilking cottagers through alleged renovation scams has been arrested again, provincial police say.

Scott “Scottie” Eisemann, who works in the Muskoka region north of Toronto, was already awaiting trial on fraud charges laid last November when he allegedly defrauded more individuals.

OPP Const. Ted Dongelman says Eisemann, 51, is facing charges for a handful of new offences.

“This past week, the OPP arrested and charged the individual with … three counts of fraud over $5,000 and two counts of obtaining [money] by false pretence,” he told CBC News.

They relate to four separate investigations launched between November 2020 and February 2021.

Two involve cottagers in southern Georgian Bay and the Orillia area who claim they paid Eisemann for construction work that was never completed.

The others relate to a loan police say Eisemann obtained using allegedly fraudulent information, and a subcontractor who claims he was paid with a fraudulent cheque.

Police won’t say how much money the alleged victims lost, but CBC News has learned one of the charges relates to a deposit of about $17,000 a GTA couple paid Eisemann for work on their Georgian Bay property.

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