By Terri Hill | October 1, 2018
A detective with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office alleged in a criminal complaint filed Monday that a trucking company manager stole just under $400,000 from the company over the past three years, and used some of the money to pay criminal fines.
James R. Perry, Jr., 29, of Coraopolis, while employed as Director of Credit and Collections Billing and Settlement for R & R Express, stole over $400,000 by diverting the funds to his bank account, according to a criminal complaint.
Company officials discovered the alleged theft on July 9 and notified authorities. Computer records show that since April of 2015 Perry has redirected $373,927 to his personal checking accounts. Perry failed to report the payments, and would label the accounts as unpaid, and then write the debt off as “bad debt,” authorities said.
A company official told detectives he discovered the alleged theft after checking Perry’s computer while Perry “was out of the office during an extended period of time after his arrest on a probation violation,”the complaint alleged.
Online court records reveal that Perry was sentenced to four years probation after pleading guilty in 2015 to theft and access device fraud charges. Records show he allegedly violated probation several times.
The complaint alleges Perry spent the money at jewelry stores, casinos, pet stores, attorney fees, and pay fines in his previous theft case.
Perry was arrested Monday morning and is being held in the Allegheny County Jail after being unable to post a $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.
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