Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Would-be moviemaker wants $1M back

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Ronald Dilger says he was so determined to make a movie he gave $1 million to a Cincinnati man who promised to help. The $1 million is gone, but Mr. Dilger is no closer to Hollywood.

        Mr. Dilger claimed in a lawsuit Monday that he lost the money in a business deal with Ronald Chambers and a Cincinnati company called Manu Inc.

        The lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, says Mr. Chambers signed a deal to help fund a film project developed by Mr. Dilger.

        As part of the deal, the lawsuit states, Mr. Dilger was required to turn over more than $1 million to Mr. Chambers and Manu.

        The money was needed as a “good faith” gesture showing that Mr. Dilger was not working with other potential investors, the lawsuit states.

        Mr. Dilger, of Woodbridge, Ill., claims he transferred the money to Manu and never saw it again.

        Mr. Dilger declined comment Monday, and his attorney could not be reached. Mr. Chambers also could not be reached, and there was no listing for Manu Inc.

        The lawsuit claims Mr. Chambers moved to Las Vegas last month with “large amounts” of Mr. Dilger's money.


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