A&W Manufacturing in Ocala had deal with New York construction company.

An Ocala businessman has been arrested after police say he recycled 12,777 pounds of aluminum supplied to him for a manufacturing contract by a New York company.

Timothy Eric Widmann was transferred to the Marion County Jail on Tuesday after he was arrested Oct. 2 in Hernando County on 23 counts of dealing in stolen property and another 23 counts of false verification of ownership to secondary metal recycler.

He remained in jail Thursday morning, with his bail set at $230,000. His next court date is Nov. 14.

Ocala Police Department officials said he is the owner and operator of A&W Manufacturing, 2331 NE 17th Place, Unit 210.

A friend of Widmann, Mariane Smith, said he was so stressed while working on the manufacturing contract that he had to be hospitalized. Unable to pay his bills, she said, Widmann told her he had to close the business.

Late last year Custom Metalcrafter’s Inc., a New York construction company, entered into a contract with Widmann’s company to fabricate aluminum extrusions into a finished railing system, according to an arrest report by OPD Detective Mary Williams. Widmann was paid $20,000 to start the project. And about 25,000 pounds of aluminum extrusions — worth about $60,000 — was suppose to be delivered to him.

In February 2017, Widmann delivered about half of the order to a jobsite in New York. Not long after that, the report said, Widmann stopped communicating with the New York company.

Widmann began scrapping the aluminum at Svinga Brothers, 206 NE Ninth St in Ocala, the arrest report states. A CMI representative traveled to Ocala and identified the aluminum as belonging to them.

A total of 12,777 pounds of aluminum was scrapped and Widmann received $8,491.52, according to Williams' report. Widmann was identified — through his fingerprint, photograph and identification — as the person who scrapped the aluminum at Svinga Brothers.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, austin.miller@starbanner.com or @almillerosb.