A Sharon man has been charged with bilking a Shenango Township woman of $10,180 in a scam over alleged repairs to her water-treatment system.

Michael W. Klingensmith, 43, of 322 E. State St., has been arrested on 10 counts of theft and five counts of deceptive business practices.

Klingensmith was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, and taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond. His preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. next Tuesday.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police gave this account:

Klingensmith went to the woman’s Mabel Drive home Jan. 26 and asked to speak to her husband. Upon learning that the husband had died, Klingensmith asked to see the woman’s water-treatment system. The woman said the system was fine, but he persisted and she allowed him into the basement.

Klingensmith was a salesman and installer for the company that the woman’s husband had install the system in April.

Klingensmith told the woman the system was malfunctioning and needed immediate attention. She agreed to let him repair the system, and gave him $1,490 for parts and equipment.

Returning the next day, Klingensmith had tools, but said he needed more parts, and she gave him $1,495.

On Jan. 28, Klingensmith said he needed more parts and the woman gave him $1,995.

The next day, Klingensmith said he needed $2,450 to complete the work, and was given the money.

On Jan. 30, he said he needed another $2,750 to complete the work, and she paid him.

The victim’s son discovered the missing money and his mother told him what had happened. The son checked the system and found that nothing had been added to it. He talked to Klingensmith, who said he wanted to pay back the money, but never did.

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