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Powerhouse Gym owner arrested again

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Posted: Oct 15, 2012 6:16 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 15, 2012 6:16 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Powerhouse Gym, owner, arrested, bad checks, Olah, Connie, Gym, Powerhouse

BATON ROUGE- The owner of the embattled Powerhouse Gym was arrested again last month on charges of writing worthless checks.

Connie Olah was arrested for issuing two bad checks totaling $26,756 to a former General Manager of the gym, a felony offense.

The arrest comes months after her first arrest in July for writing a $10,000 bad check.

The criminal charges aren't the only thing surrounding the controversial gym, which was scheduled to open to members in January of this year, but was only issued a building permit in May. John Kovalcik, who owns Greater Baton Rouge Signs, claims he's still owed more than $1,200 for his work on signage still being used by the gym.

"I've been promised on multiple occasions that the check was in the mail, I'd be receiving money, and still no communication from them," said Kovalcik, who's now unsure if he'll ever be paid.

"When you start talking about these amounts, I mean my $1,275 in the context of those amounts seems pretty minor. The disappointing thing is they're continuing to go on with this process and you've got to question their intent," he said.

During a visit to the site today News 2 spoke with a fire official who was performing a courtesy inspection. He confirmed that contractors were indeed at work inside the building. Another owner, Ronnie Olah, also confirmed that the construction of the gym is in progress.

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