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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 - June 26, 1997 Employee charged with embezzling from Shore Fence By Kerry Kester Delaware State Police detec- tives from Troop 4 arrested An- thony F. Citrano, Jr., 33, of the Ocean City area, on Wednesday, June 18 for allegedly embezzling more than $70,000 from Shore Fence, Inc. of Rehoboth Beach. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman, Citrano, who was employed by Shore Fence from October of 1994 until April 3, 1997, was re- sponsible for the accounting in the business. "The investig/ttion revealed that during Citrano's term of employ- ment, he had been giving himself inflated payroll checks over a three-year period," said Lewis. "In addition, Citrano embezzled from the operating account as well, by writing checks to himself and making false entries on the check stubs, and making false en- tries into computer ledgers." Much Of the embezzlement oc- curred from June 29, 1995 through April 3, 1997. "The total loss to the company exceeded $70,000 in a three-year period. Citrano covered the embezzle- ment by altering payroll records, by altering checks, and by altering computer entries in the company's computer," Lewis said. According to Jerry Little, Shore Fence, Inc. owner, Citrano, known locally as 'Tony', is actu- ally a Rehoboth Beach resident who owns a beauty salon in Ocean City. "During that time, he want- ed us to think he was the backbone of this company," said Little. The embezzlement scheme be- gan to unravel, said Little, when Teens arrested for rash of thefts- in Midway area By Kerry Kester Detectives from Delaware State Police TrOop 4 arrested three teenage boys ThursdaY, June 12, following their investigation into a rash of thefts that occurred in Midway Estates and Colonial East from Dec. 21, 1996 through June 3, 1997. "Eight homes were burglarized, and one was an attempted bur- glary," said Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State Police spokesman. The boys allegedly stole cash, electronic equipment and jewelry. "Also, the homes were used for party havens," said Lewis, in ref- erence to the summer residences that were robbed. All three boys are Rehoboth Beach residents. Treavor J. Little, 16; Gary S. VanSciver, Jr., 16; and Stanley R. Watson, 14, were charged with one count of felony theft, one count of attempted bur- glary, one count of misdemeanor criminal mischief, eight counts of second degree burglary, nine counts of second degree conspira- cy and nine counts of misde- Continued on page 19 Citrano started missing work and developed a "nasty attitude." Lit- tle said that when he questioned Citrano about why some bills had not been paid, Citrano said there was not enough money in the company account to cover pay- ment checks. Then, said Little, Citrano's atti- tude became so difficult and he became so unreliable that the company had begun training someone to replace him. While training the new employ- ee, said Little, "We found that he had locked us out of the computer, but we got into the computer with- out him knowing we got in." While scrolling through payroll one day, he said, his eyes were suddenly drawn to Citrano's name, whose salary figure was not what it should have been. "He was supposed to be paid hourly, and he put himself on, salary," said Little. Additionally, he said, the salary amount fre- quently changed. "He falsified monthly statements; too. "We just dug deeper and deep- er." An example of one way Cit- rano allegedly mishandled the checks, said Little, was by docu- menting check numbers in differ- ent ways. For. example, once a check stub read as a $43 payment to the tele- phone company, but the computer indicated that check number went to a payment of more than $500 to Lowe's. The actual check was missing. "All the canceled checks that were in question were gone," said Little. l.x)oking back to the time of Citrano's employment, said Little, he noticed unusual behav- ior that at the time did not strike him as odd. "He'd run out to the mailbox," said Little. Later, he realized that may have been so Citrano might have the opportunity to remove any canceled checks that may have been written to himself. "I'd leaf through the checks," said Lit- tle, but didn't pay close attention. Early in his employment Little trusted Citrano, he said, and it didn't occur to him that something was amiss. What Little concluded later, he said, is that the incrimi- nating checks "were already picked out of there." Police charged Citrano with six counts of felony theft, six counts of second degree forgery and six counts of misuse of computer in- formation. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $25,000 secured bond. 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