March 21, 2014
Adams County couple charged with multiple theft counts related to scheme involving a Dauphin County business
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced the arrest of an Adams County couple, who allegedly fabricated a scheme that diverted materials and monies from a Dauphin County plastics company. The two also allegedly misrepresented a business merger to the company's customers.
According to the criminal complaint, Douglas Miller, a salesman at Central Distribution, fraudulently represented to the company's customers that the legitimate enterprise had been "bought out" by a new company, AAR Supply and Fabrication, which he owned. Miller allegedly directed Central Distribution's customers to remit payments to AAR. Agents determined that there was no merger between the two companies.
The charges state that Miller, along with his girlfriend Morgan Stocker, allegedly created three shell companies "Engler Machine," "B Wood Display" and "Gettysburg Metal" in order to submit invoices to Central Distribution, for which he received commissions. Agents believe that Miller fraudulently diverted more than $69,000 in commissions, purchases and materials through these schemes.
Additionally, one of these fictitious companies was allegedly used as a reference for the pair to obtain commercial credit.
Douglas Miller, 46, 43 E. Middle St., Gettysburg, is charged with two counts of theft by deception, two counts of deceptive or fraudulent business practices, two counts of conspiracy, one count of conspiracy to commit theft by deception, one count of conspiracy to commit deceptive or fraudulent business practices, one count of securing execution of documents by deception.
Morgan Stocker, 33, 428 E. College Ave., Gettysburg, is charged with two counts of conspiracy, one count of conspiracy to commit theft by deception, one count of deceptive or fraudulent business practices and one count of securing execution of documents by deception.
Miller and Stocker were preliminarily arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Kenneth Lenker and released on their own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 9, 2014.
Attorney General Kane thanked the Highspire Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.
The case will be prosecuted in Dauphin County by Deputy Attorney General Clarke Madden of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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