Former Utz employee, vendor charged with scheming company of $1.4 million

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former employee and vendor of Utz Quality Foods, Inc., are facing charges related to a scheme that defrauded the company out of about $1.4 million.

Kevin Myers, 38, of Abbottstown, former Director of Purchasing for Utz, and Jonathan Haas, 45 of Easton, former owner of Haas Packaging and Design, Inc. were both charged in court Tuesday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Haas submitted approximately 83 false invoices and 43 bogus purchase orders prepared by Myers for products Utz never actually received.

After Myers approved Haas’ false invoices for payment, Haas allegedly would kickback a portion of the proceeds to Myers.

Haas received approximately $1,474,765 from Utz as a result of the false invoices and kicked back approximately $651,000 of that amount to Myers.

The two allegedly concealed the kickbacks as payments for a fictional consulting service called “Myers Packaging Consulting.”  A wire transmission of $26,000 was deposited into a Myers Packaging Consulting bank account in 2014.

Haas supplied Utz with shelving and packaging products from 2010 to 2014

If convicted, the two men face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

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