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Police: Southwest Greensburg man used $20K of company money

| Friday, July 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Southwest Greensburg man used a medical supply company's account to buy nearly $20,000 in computer hardware for himself, police said.

Garran Warren, 46, made the purchases totaling $19,828.16 while an employee of East Suburban Medical Supply and after his job was eliminated by the company in 2012, authorities said.

Warren is charged with theft and receiving stolen property and faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 29 before Greensburg District Judge James Albert.

Warren worked for the medical supply business, based in Penn Hills, from August 1995 to Feb. 16, 2012, police said. His name was on the business' account with Dell Inc.

Police became involved after a representative for the medical supply business' parent company, GMH Associates in Delaware County, contacted them.

Warren bought $7,135.91 on the Dell account after his employment ended, police said. A company audit determined Warren purchased $12,692.25 in computer hardware for himself while an employee, according to court papers.

“He ordered everything from his home here and had it shipped here,” police Chief Chris Kent said.

After he lost his job, Warren's name remained on the computer account, apparently through an oversight, officials said.

The company audit dating back to Jan. 28, 2011, showed that none of the items listed as purchases on 22 invoices involved was in use or the possession of the business, according to the criminal complaint.

“When Warren was confronted by (a company representative) in regard to his post-employment use ... Warren told him that it was an oversight and remitted a check in the amount of $5,837.49 as payment,” according to a police affidavit. “The check was retained by the company, but it was not cashed.”

Warren offered to pay for the computer items when questioned by police, according to the affidavit.

After he lost his job, Warren bought a laser printer, a paper tray, a transfer cable, a media speaker system, a wireless keyboard and mouse, an accounting program, printer memory, toner cartridges, a network card and other items, police said. The last purchase was made on May 17, according to court papers.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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