Mohave County prosecutors said last week that additional charges could be pending in the case of a Lake Havasu City business owner accused of defrauding and stealing from his customers.
Steven A. LeProhon, 30, appeared in Mohave Superior Court Monday for a pre-trial conference. There, Mohave County Deputy Attorney Reed Weisberg said that no plea agreement would be offered as possible additional charges are pending.
LeProhon remains free from custody on $20,000 bond as he awaits trial on six counts of fraud, six counts of theft and one count of motor vehicle theft in what investigators are calling an alleged Ponzi scheme perpetrated against customers of Steven LeProhon Marine and Motorsports on Industrial Boulevard.
LeProhon was arrested May 10 after police received six felony complaints in reference to incidents allegedly occurring between October 2017 and May 2019. According to police, LeProhon accepted tens of thousands of dollars from boat owners in exchange for repairs and equipment installations that were never completed. On one occasion, LeProhon was reported to have stolen parts from one victim’s boat for sale, police said. In another incident, LeProhon was accused of selling a customer’s off-highway vehicle to a California buyer, without the knowledge or permission of its owner.
According to police, Leprohon collected money from his customers up front and failed to complete work on their watercraft and vehicles, allegedly leaving his customers at a financial loss with no finished product.
LeProhon has entered a plea of not guilty, and will be represented at his pending trial by the Mohave County Public Defender’s Office. He is next scheduled to appear in court for a Sept. 9 status conference.
LeProhon’s arrest came almost one year after the arrest of fellow Havasu business owner Tim McDonald, who was charged under similar circumstances.
McDonald is scheduled to appear in Mohave County Superior Court July 30 for an oral argument in his case. McDonald is accused of more than 20 counts of theft and one count of fraud, allegedly perpetrated through his former boat consignment business, Oregon Custom Marine.