Dealership employee stole $30K to support drug habit, police say
A manager in a car dealership is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in cash from sales down-payments to fuel a drug habit.
Thomas Carrigan, 35, of 785 Crest Drive, Monessen, is charged with theft, forgery and receiving stolen property by Rostraver police.
Carrigan altered sales transactions as a finance manager for C. Harper Chevrolet in Rostraver between Aug. 14, 2012, and Jan. 3, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
A general manager at the dealership reported the thefts to police.
The manager did not return calls for comment on Carrigan's employment status.
Another employee at the dealership would not comment and said the manager was not in.
Responsible for preparing the bill of sale and bank contracts for vehicles,
Carrigan changed interest rates and after-sale warranty prices, but the customers' payments remained the same, police said.
In 16 sales, Carrigan added between $500 and $9,941 to each deal, totaling $29,501.50, according to court documents.
The finance manager would change the value of the cash down-payment and forge the victim's name on the sales contract to complete the transaction, police said.
Carrigan admitted to police that the cash was then used to buy drugs, according to the affidavit.
Rostraver police officer Stephen Sholtis would not offer any further details about how the dealership realized the money was missing.
Carrigan was arraigned before West Newton District Judge Charles Christner on Tuesday and is being held in lieu of $25,000 unsecured bail in the Westmoreland County jail.
He faces a preliminary hearing March 18 before Christner.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 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.
- Identities oftheft suspects sought by Penn Township and state police
- Mt. Pleasant Scout creates drop box for flag disposal
- Grant program targets 7 Westmoreland County towns, including Greensburg, for revitalization
- Girl, 8, hit by truck in North Irwin, breaks leg
- Westmoreland judge: Contact with advocacy group won’t hamper fairness in drug trial
- Latrobe-Unity parks department seeks grant; revamp to cost $112K
- Contract talks to start this week for prison union in Westmoreland
- At 87, Rostraver man still entertaining polka fans
- 1 injured in Mt. Pleasant Twp. accident
- Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water
- Expansion in works for Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum