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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 17HF1027

Date: August 4, 2017

IN-N-OUT EMPLOYEE AND OWNER OF INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS COMPANY CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING IN-N-OUT OVER $150,000 THROUGH SUBMITTING MISCELLANEOUS INVOICES FOR PERSONAL ITEMS

SANTA ANA, Calif. – An In-N-Out Burger (INOB) employee and the owner of Industrial Material Handling Express (IMHE) were charged with forgery and grand theft for ordering merchandise from IMHE for personal use and submitting fraudulent invoices to INOB.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Kevin Anthony Koerner, 44,

Lakewood


Louie Garcia,

47, Downey

Felony

  • (1) Grand Theft
  • (34) Forgery

Sentencing Enhancements

  • Loss over $65,000
  • Aggravated White Collar Crime over $100,000

26 years and eight months in state prison

Arraignment

Aug. 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana

Bail: $158,000

Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, Koerner was employed by INOB as a forklift mechanic and entrusted with ordering forklift parts on behalf of INOB and Garcia was the owner Industrial Material Handling Express (IMHE), a third party vendor which provided forklift parts to INOB.
  • Between Feb. 16, 2005, and July 6, 2014, Koerner is accused of ordering merchandise from IMHE for personal use and picking up the items directly from Garcia.
  • From March 9, 2005, to July 16, 2016, Koerner and Garcia are accused of preparing and submitting fraudulent invoices to INOB for Koerner’s personal items.
  • The defendants are further accused of submitting over $150,000 in fraudulent invoices to INOB for “miscellaneous” parts and inflating the cost of each item by 75 percent.
  • An IMHE employee discovered the scheme and reported the facts to INOB, who contacted the Irvine Police Department (IPD).
  • IPD investigated this case.

Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche, Major Fraud Unit

 



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