Salesman Nabbed for Bogus Print Orders

EXTON, PA—A print salesman for Apple Press faces a number of charges for allegedly bilking the company of $6,200 in commission fees for fictitious job orders totaling more than $61,000, according to the Daily Local News of West Chester, PA. Christopher Mercier, recruited by the company last September through a human resources firm, faces charges including theft, receiving stolen property, forgery and unlawful use of a computer, the newspaper reported.

Mercier allegedly submitted 11 orders from eight different phony firms. When Apple Press attempted to deliver the jobs and bill the customers, they learned the orders were fake and the clients nonexistent.

Mercier, who left the country on a business trip for another company, was arrested Feb. 19 by U.S. Customs agents when he got off a plane at Newark International Airport in New Jersey, the Daily Local News said. He was to be extradited to Pennsylvania to face the charges.

  • http://WalterEzell Walter Ezell

    How does an established company fill and attempt to deliver an order for a non-existent company without a deposit or at least a credit check? And why are they paying this guy commissions for orders that haven’t been paid for?