LISBON, Maine — A Chelsea man suspected of bilking thousands of dollars for items and services never delivered was arrested on Wednesday in Lisbon, state police said.

Ervin Morrison III, 23, was apprehended without incident at a Memorial Street home, Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

McCausland said police have been searching for Morrison since last summer after receiving complaints of Craiglist services or products that were never delivered. A pair of Maine companies lost $132,000 and the expected total statewide losses are expected to accumulate to $250,000.

McCausland said a man from Florida reported he lost $140,000 to Morrison in one investment scheme while a North Carolina woman said she paid Morrison $25,000 in the same scheme but stopped her payment before the check was cashed.

The schemes are alleged to have involved sales of firewood, wood pellets, logging, home repair, earthwork, vehicle transportation, real estate and investments.

“There is no indication [Morrison] delivered on any of them,” McCausland said.

Morrison is being held at the Kennebec County Jail on multiple charges, including theft by deception, theft by unauthorized taking and numerous motor vehicle violations, McCausland said.

The arrest warrants issued for Morrison are from several police agencies in Maine and Massachusetts, and Morrison was believed to have fled the state in 2015, but information obtained by police in the town of Oxford indicated he was in Maine, McCausland explained.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of Morrison’s scheme should call State Police in Augusta at 624-8947.

Morrison’s bail was set at $1,000 but it is expected to increase as other court appearances are scheduled.

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