Note: This story appears in the Friday, June 7 newspaper on Page A1.
A company and its owner were indicted Monday by an Athens County grand jury for allegedly failing to provide a local business with services for which it paid.
Steve Moser, owner of the Cambridge Cleanroom Corp., in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, and his company were indicted on felony charges of aggravated theft and telecommunication fraud, according to the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Messenger left a phone message with Cambridge Cleanroom late Wednesday afternoon, but did not get a response.
County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said Moser was paid more than $200,000 by RXQ Compounding to install cleanrooms at RXQ’s new facility in Albany.
Moser “failed to provide the services that he was paid for,” Blackburn asserted.
The case was investigated by the prosecutor’s office.
Moser and the Cambridge Cleanroom Corp. are currently scheduled to appear before Judge Patrick Lang on June 19 for arraignment.
RXQ Compounding is a maker of sterile pharmaceuticals and currently has its manufacturing operation in the Ohio University Innovation Center.
In 2017, RXQ bought a building and adjoining property in Albany as an expansion site. The building is being used for administrative offices, and for well over a year the company has been constructing a new manufacturing facility on the property.
In February, RXQ founder Ed Zatta met with the county commissioners to request that a previously approved tax abatement be pushed back a year because completion of the manufacturing facility had been delayed. Zatta mentioned a problem in getting cleanrooms installed.
The 10-year, 60 percent tax abatement on property improvements will now start in 2021 for tax year 2020.
Zatta said Wednesday that it will be about a month before the move is made to the new manufacturing facility. He said a different company was hired and a cleanroom suite has been installed.