Painkillers-for-sex deals alleged in South Union
By Liz Zemba
Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:43 p.m.
A Fayette County man used a cash-advance business as a front for illegal drug sales, according to police, and then filed a private criminal complaint against a customer whose checks bounced.
Richard William Koslick Sr., 60, of 103 Longridge Lane, South Union, sometimes exchanged drugs for sex and forged some customers' post-dated checks for amounts greater than they owed, police said.
When one of the forged checks bounced, Koslick filed a bad-checks criminal complaint against the customer, police said in a complaint filed Thursday before District Judge Joseph George Jr.
Koslick is charged by state police with dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, theft by extortion, forgery, possession, possession with intent to deliver and unsworn falsification to authorities.
Police said Koslick runs RNG Enterprises out of a side door near his garage on Longridge Lane.
“The business operates under the premise or guidelines of providing a cash advancement for a fee on a personal check,” said Trooper James Monkelis in the complaint. “However, instead, Koslick is selling prescription pills to his drug-addicted customers, as well as obtaining sexual gratification from some.”
One of Koslick's customers told Monkelis that she used checks to buy $2,000 worth of “illegal pills” from Koslick between 2010 and April 2012. She was arrested and jailed briefly when one check bounced and Koslick filed a private criminal complaint for bad checks, the complaint says.
Police said Koslick sold oxycodone and OxyContin from the home-based business.
According to the complaint, customers who borrowed cash told police they were threatened with bad checks charges, even when they paid back the money or made a partial payment.
“Koslick as RNG Enterprises as a business practice requests and accepts checks with no dollar amount documented,” according to the complaint. “Koslick later adds the dollar amount he chooses, regardless of any payments that have been rendered. Several victims reported being threatened with prosecution when they complain after they have already satisfied the debt and are still prosecuted for a private criminal complaint of bad checks.”
One customer borrowed $350 from Koslick in exchange for a signed, blank check. She paid back $160, but when she missed a payment, Koslick filled out her check for $400 and deposited it, police said. When that check bounced, police said, Koslick filed a private criminal complaint for bad checks.
Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Connellsville FRIENDS hosting book sale Saturday
- 2013 was a challenging year for Highlands Hospital
- Rural King Supply confirms store opening in Dunbar Township
- Uniontown man acquitted of rape charge
- City seeks to join regional enterprise zone
- Connellsville Ministerial Association kicks off Lenten luncheons
- New name, new energy for Connellsville fitness studio
- Perry Township over projected winter budget
- Connellsville Area to perform ‘Shrek the Musical’
- Connellsville residents, business owners explore human rights panel
- Clinton Church of God to hold fish fries