Dave Goldinger of the Akron Paranormal & Entity Research paranormal group and Stagecoach Inn caretaker is being accused by paranormal investigators of being a “Gold Digger” and stealing their money. According to Goldinger’s customers, he charged them for two paranormal investigations last year that were scheduled for this year. Goldinger supposedly set up Waverly Hills Sanatorium for May 17 and South Pittsburg Hospital for June 20. In February, Goldinger told them that PayPal had lost the money.
“Dave has not refunded my money or anyone else’s. He claims that he sent the Waverly Hills Sanatorium the money but that PayPal sent it to Waverly Heights. In February he started his story that PayPal was to blame,” customer Taryn Linstedt said to Erie Echo.
Goldinger has been accused of running this scam in the past. He allegedly schedules an event up to a year in advance and then he collects money from his customers through PayPal. After a few months pass when he has collected everyone’s money, the events are then cancelled and Goldinger pockets the money claiming that PayPal is responsible for losing it.
In a mass message to his alleged victims, Goldinger apologizes to them. He admits through Facebook that he used the money for personal reasons.
I will make a confession but I don’t want to see it on Albrecht’s pages. I used the money for personal reasons. I am sorry I lied to all of you.
“You can talk about the horrible people we are to turn on you. Think about this, you have lied to all of us for five months, five long months. When we go to these locations, we trust in our team to protect each other and have each other’s backs. How are you protecting or having our backs by lying to us?” one of the victims, Christina Showers said in response to Goldinger in the message.
Jesus Christ… How many times do I have to admit I stole your money. You’ll get it back…
Victims of the scam can’t get a refund from PayPal because the time limit that they have to get a refund of 45 days lapses. Up until November of last year, PayPal had a 45-day return policy but they increased it to 180 days.
Last summer, former “Paranormal State” television personality Ryan Buell was accused of running the same PayPal scam on paranormal enthusiasts. He announced on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he was cancelling a lecture tour that fans paid for through PayPal. Customers for the events couldn’t get refunds because the 45-day time limit had passed. Buell still hasn’t refunded fans the money.
“I can confirm that these payments are in no way held by PayPal as they are still in the seller’s PayPay account after buyer’s payments were successfully completed. A customer can request a refund by sending the seller an email. Ask the seller to go to the Transaction Details page for the transaction and click Issue Refund,” a PayPal rep said. A buyer can now request a merchandise dispute up six months after they pay for a service or item.
This isn’t the first time that Goldinger has been under fire by former friends and fellow peers in the paranormal field. He was accused of threatening and stalking people on the internet. Various witnesses accused him of being an internet bully and using Facebook to attack people.
“I know for a fact, I have talked to over fifty women, who are my friends, that have showed me emails, which I still have copies of, that he stalks them. He stalks women. He threatens people. I have a three-year-old son and if he ever threatens my son I will be going to jail,” victim Allan Mellinger said. “One woman had him in her house and he attempted to rape her. People have sent me stuff that he has sent to them, threatening them. A female cast member of ‘Ghost Hunters’ even had to put a restraining order on him,” he continued.
According to Mellinger, Goldinger threatens to burn down people’s houses, cut their brake lines, or harm their family. Mellinger says that he has numerous emails from various women that Goldinger has threatened online. He also mentioned that Goldinger has a top ten enemy list and he is number three on that list.
“There was one case that he worked on where he went in this woman’s house and went in this woman’s refrigerator and made a sandwich without the woman’s permission. If that would have been my house I would have said don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you,” Mellinger said.
Mellinger went on to say that people have been scammed by Goldinger from paranormal events. On one particular occasion, people have even paid his bills. Just last year, Christina George set up a GoFundMe page for Goldinger to get funds to pay his bills and to buy a new car.
“I have been active against this guy for the last few years. I got emails from people. I stood against him, I stood up to him. I have never backed down from this guy but every battle I try to win or try to fight with somebody, it seems like he gets ahead more and more,” Mellinger said.
Another victim, Judi Giramonti, a former administrator of Goldinger’s Facebook group APER Paranormal Family, was told to block anyone that didn’t agree with him. Giramonti also claims that he tried to hijack her paranormal convention. Goldinger has responded publicly on Facebook and threatened to defriend anyone who is friends with his so-called bashers. He even attempts to discredit and blame John Albrecht of Erie Echo for his own actions.
“All of these false accusations will soon come to a halt and charges will be filed. I am keeping up on all of your bashing and lies told about me. Evidence is being gathered against several people,” Goldinger said in response to the allegations. “I will be removing this page as soon as my team has pretty much split up. Five out of eight of our members have left the team to form their own. I am growing tired of the drama and mistrust among some people. I will be leaving the field as an investigator to concentrate on running the Stagecoach Inn,” he said.
Earlier this year one of Goldinger’s ghost hunting pals was arrested and is being accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. Darrin Troyer of Amish Paranormal Soceity allegedly sent nude photos to the teenage boy on Facebook and then they met at a nearby park to search for ghosts but ended up having sex instead.
Troyer claims that he thought the teen was an adult. He was charged with one count of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor which is a fourth-degree felony and is currently being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail awaiting sentencing.
The boy’s family members found out that the 14-year-old was meeting with an older adult for sex and they contacted the sheriff’s department. A parent surrendered the teen’s computer to forensics to be investigated. Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Detective Cathy Bickford took over the teen’s Facebook profile and continued conversations with Troyer posing as the teen.
Detective Bickford said that Troyer talked with the teen about ghost hunting and that they met at Dover City Park to look for spirits. After meeting at the park, the two ended up having sex. According to Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, they went to the park several times to meet for sex. Bickford posing as the teen, arranged to meet Troyer at the park on March 30 where Troyer was promptly arrested.
The Ohio-based paranormal group Amish Paranormal Society out of Navarre is Troyer’s ghost hunting group. He said that they specialize in doing residential paranormal investigations, going into people’s homes and gathering evidence of ghosts and the afterlife.
“Although I don’t know the facts, we all know the man in question and it is extremely hard to believe he would ever do something like this. Remember what this reporter said about me in the past that was completely fabricated from false reports from various people,” Goldinger said, defending Troyer in a paranormal discussion group on Facebook in April.
Goldinger told Erie Echo that he owes ten people $100 each in refunds due to cancelled events. He claimed that he was going to be issuing refunds that week but the customers still haven’t gotten their money back yet. Goldinger always tries to play a victim to his victims after a scam.
Victims are urged to contact authorities as soon as possible and make a police report with the Stark County Sheriff’s Office. They can be reached at 330-430-3800 and are located at 4500 Atlantic Boulevard, North East, Canton, Ohio. To file a report with the United States Federal Trade Commission, contact 1-877-FTC-HELP or a report can be filed online via their website.