Ex-payroll company owner held for trial in $5.7 million theft

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The owner of a former payroll service company is headed to trial on allegations he stole $5.7 million from clients.

William S. Sullivan Jr., 42, of Harrisburg, was held for court on three counts of theft and one count of access device fraud after a preliminary hearing Thursday, according to court records.

Sullivan, the owner of Net Pay Solutions, used client funds for his company’s operating expenses and for personal spending on vehicles, travel and home renovations, according to a criminal complaint filed by the state attorney general’s office.

The complaint states that Sullivan also made false entries in payroll accounting software to conceal the stolen money and his company’s losses.

Before the company filed for bankruptcy, Net Pay Solutions handled payroll and tax payments for more than 200 businesses.

Sullivan remains jailed in Dauphin County Prison on $150,000 cash bail. A formal arraignment is scheduled for July 15.

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