A former mailroom worker at the Philadelphia Water Department is facing federal charges in what authorities call a million-dollar scam involving printer ink and toner cartridges.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that since 2006, 61-year-old Calvin Duncan used city funds to place more than $1.3 million in excess orders for ink and toner. Investigators said Duncan had the loot shipped to an Arkansas printer supply company that paid him $545,000.
Wow. There are several parts of this story that intrigue us. First of all, he was running this scam for 6 years and nobody seemed to notice until now. Secondly, it kind of speaks volumes about how $1.3 million can be simply billed to the City of Philadelphia’s credit card without anyone there noticing. Yikes.
But for us, it’s the actions of Laser Cartridge Plus Inc., the Arkansas company alleged to have bought the ill-gotten ink and toner, that are the heart of this story. What were they thinking? It will be interesting to see if they play the “ignorance” card in this situation.
What do you think? Can LCP reasonably claim that they didn’t know the ink and toner here was stolen?
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