Office Worker Accused Of Stealing $376,000 Worth Of Toner

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Office Worker Accused Of Stealing $376,000 Worth Of Toner

 user 2013-01-17 at 8:25:03 am Views: 66
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    <p><font size=”5″><strong>Office Worker Accused Of Stealing $376,000 Worth Of Toner From Law Firm</strong></font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>By <a target=”_blank” title=”Casey Sullivan” href=”http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/Legal/SearchResults.aspx?folder_id=0&search_text=%22casey+sullivan%22″>Casey Sullivan</a></font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>NEW YORK, Jan 15 2013(Reuters) – A former Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson employee who worked in the law firm’s copying department was indicted by a state grand jury on Tuesday for stealing more than $376,000 of copy machine toner from the firm’s suppliers, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>The Fried Frank employee, Adrian Rodriguez, 39, who had worked with the Wall Street firm for 10 years, was charged with two counts of grand larceny in the second degree for the alleged theft, a class C felony, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance.</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>”It may surprise many New Yorkers to learn that there is a black market for office supplies,” said Vance in a statement. “This defendant didn’t just take a box of Post-it notes out of the office supply.”</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>Between October 2010 and December 2012, Rodriguez ordered copy machine toner from the firm’s copy machine suppliers, Konica Minolta Business Solution and Ricoh U.S.A., in excess of the firm’s needs, according to a release issued by the Manhattan Attorney’s office.</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>Rodriguez then resold the toner products at a “deep discount,” asking just $10 per box of black ink toner and $15 for color ink toner, according to the indictment. The toner cartridges were valued between $80 and $259 each, according to court papers.</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>The alleged theft was discovered after an undercover sting operation in December in which the District Attorney’s Office worked with Fried Frank, said the indictment.</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>During the sting, investigators premarked a large shipment of toner before it was delivered to the firm and then tracked the toner and found that Rodriguez sold it to an unnamed customer, according to court records. The customer sent a delivery van to pick up the stolen products at a loading dock in the 1 New York Plaza parking garage, said the indictment.</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>Rodriguez admitted to the scheme after being apprehended by authorities in mid-December, according to court papers. Vance said in court papers that Rodriguez was “using the money to party and otherwise finance his lifestyle.”</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday the investigation is ongoing.</font></p>
    <p><font size=”4″>A call placed with Rodriguez’s defense lawyer, Sharyn Henry of New York County Defender Services, was not immediately returned. Two Fried Frank spokeswomen did not immediately respond to a request for comment<br />
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