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Philly clerk allegedly ran printer scam

Nov. 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia municipal worker is charged with allegedly over-ordering $1.3 million in printer toner and reselling it to an Arkansas company.

Calvin Duncan, 61, whose mailroom job included restocking office supplies at the Philadelphia Water Department, allegedly filed bloated orders for printer toner cartridges and ink since 2006 -- eventually totaling $1.3 million in unneeded purchases. He then sold them to alleged co-conspirators Derek and Anita Willis, owners of an Arkansas printer supply company who took the cheap toner and resold it at a markup, The Philadelphia Inquirer said Thursday.

Detectives said Duncan pocketed $545,000 in the scheme. The trio are charged with fraud and aiding and abetting. Because their scheme crossed state lines, it is a federal offense. The indictment doesn't specify how Duncan knew the Willises. The trio was arrested Wednesday.

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