Gettysburg couple accused of elaborate scheme to steal from Highspire business
A Gettysburg couple is accused of duping customers and diverting money from a Dauphin County plastics company in an elaborate scheme, according to arrest papers filed Thursday.
Douglas Miller, 46, and his girlfriend Morgan Stocker, 33, both face various charges relating to a plan that prosecutors say helped them steal almost $70,000 over about six months from Central Distribution Co., a plastics company in Highspire.
The Office of the Attorney General said today that Miller worked as a salesman at Central Distribution at 427 Martin Ave. from June 2011 to January 2013. A search of Miller's email discovered that starting in June 2012, he told customers the company was being taken over by AAR Supply and Fabrication, according to the arrest affidavit.
AAR Supply and Fabrication was a fictitious company Miller established, the affidavit states.
He also set up other fictitious companies used to buy materials from Central Distribution.
By telling seven different companies that Central was bought out by AAR, he diverted $61,669 from Central, according to the affidavit, and received another $7,814 in commission for fraudulent sales.
Stocker, according to investigators, lied on credit reference forms, calling herself the credit manager of Gettysburg Metal. That company recommended AAR Supply and Fabrication. According to the affidavit, Gettysburg Metal is also fictitious uses Stocker's home address of 428 E. College Ave.
Miller, of 43 E. Middle St., is charged with two counts of theft by deception, two counts of deceptive or fraudulent business practices, two counts of conspiracy and one count each of conspiracy to commit theft by deception, conspiracy to commit deceptive or fraudulent business practices and securing execution of documents by deception.
Stocker is charged with two counts of conspiracy and one count each of conspiracy to commit theft by deception, deceptive or fraudulent business practices and securing execution of documents by deception.
The two were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kenneth Lenker and released on their own recognizance, with a May 9 preliminary hearing scheduled.