Man arrested in scams

By Frank Lewis -


Every time you think you have heard the last scam, just wait around and another will be reported. This time a local business reports two phone calls and they were out money. However, quick work by detectives from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, has resulted in an arrest in that scam. Arrested as a result of the scam was James David Kalb, 37, of Portsmouth.

Sheriff Marty V. Donini said the business reported that an older female had called the business claiming that her grandchild had found money while at the business and that she did not find it until they got home. The caller advised that she would return the money and just wanted them to be aware in case anybody would come in looking for it. According to a spokesperson for the business, about 30 minutes later a male subject came into the store claiming that his son lost the same amount of money and that it was the only money he had to go on a King’s Island trip the next morning. The man asked if they could give him the money out of the register until the lady who found the money returns it. The money was given to the man and they learned later after the female never showed up that it was a scam.

Donini said his office put out a news release of a possible scam to protect others from being a victim. After the news release several other victims came forward, which resulted in reports being filed that got assigned to a detective for an investigation.

During this investigation detectives said they were able to identify the suspect from store surveillance and locate the vehicle he used during the scam. As the investigation continued, contact was made with the suspect who stated that he was out of town and that he would be in to the office on Monday (Aug. 22).

On Monday the suspect did show up at the office and he was served eight warrants for petty theft a misdemeanor of the first degree. Kalb will be facing additional charges as a result of the scam. Donini said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the case can contact detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091. All calls will remain anonymous.


By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.


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