An Illinois man and his business were indicted in Athens County on Monday (June 3) for allegedly bilking an Albany company on more than $200,000 worth of services he was paid for but failed to provide.
Steve Moser, 56, the Illinois-based owner of the Cambridge Cleanroom Corp., was indicted on a third-degree felony count of aggravated theft and a second-degree felony count of telecommunications fraud.
The company is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, according to its website, but has a Midwest/West Coast office in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Moser and his business allegedly were paid over $200,000 by RXQ Compounding, an Albany-based pharmaceutical manufacturing company, to install cleanrooms at their facilities in Albany, and “failed to provide the services that he was paid for,” Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said in a release issued earlier this week. A cleanroom is essentially a room used for manufacturing or scientific research with a controlled environment to keep pollutants at a minimum.
The indictment also charges the corporation with the offenses listed above.
Moser and his business are scheduled to appear before Athens County Common Pleas Judge Patrick J. Lang on June 19. The case was investigated by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to a copy of the indictment, the total amount Moser’s company was paid was $214,888. The charge of telecommunications fraud alleges that Moser and his company had devised a “scheme” to defraud RXQ Compounding by means of some form of telecommunications device.
Court records list Moser’s residence as Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
The “about us” section of the company website reads, “The Cambridge Cleanroom Corp. is a leader in the modular cleanroom industry with over 25 years of air handling experience. We specialize in the design, manufacture and installation of cleanrooms, modular offices and lab equipment. From small modular soft-wall cleanrooms, to USP 797 requirements, to complete turnkey hard-wall cleanroom solutions, virtually any size, and room configuration, can be accommodated.”
The last line of the “about us” section reads, “100% satisfaction guaranteed!”
The company has a “D-minus” rating from the Better Business Bureau based on “failure to respond to two complaint(s) filed against business.” The business is not BBB accredited.
Both complaints, one from 2016 and another from 2018, involved the company agreeing to provide services, and receiving partial payment, but then never delivering on those services.