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State Police arrest 'contractor' accused of defrauding customer of $2,000

ONEIDA - UPDATE 4/12/18: State Police have arrested Raymond Shlotzhauer, one day after he was profiled on On The Lookout.

Shlotzhauer was located at a West Elm Street home in the city of Oneida, according to State Police.

He has been charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. 

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State Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who has been convicted dozens of times for defrauding customers under the guise of construction work. 

Troopers say Raymond Shlotzhauer, 51, solicits people for general construction or repair work in Madison and Oneida Counties.

He's now wanted on fourth-degree grandy larceny charges in connection with one particular case where he allegedly kept soliciting more money from the victim for supplies until he collected $2,000.

Troopers say the then failed to drop off supplies for more than three months.

It’s common for Shlotzhauer to collect a down payment for the purchase of materials or supplies after providing a work proposal to a client. 

He then only purchases a small fraction of the materials and supplies the client pays for and spends a minor amount time setting up the agreed upon work – only to disappear into the community and do it all over again, State Police say.

Shlotzhauer has been arrested 44 times and was convicted 35 times. Many of those convictions were for felonies for similar activity. 

He is described as 5’06” and weighs 170 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair. 

If anyone has information on his whereabouts or if they have been victimized by Shlotzhauer, call State Police at (315) 366-6000. 

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