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Last updated on Saturday, September 22, 2012
(SALEM) - A former employee of Hacker’s Sawmill allegedly stole a credit card from the company, using it over the course of 10 months and accumulating charges totaling $62,994.47.
Stephanie Taylor Ferriell, of the Leader-Democrat reports, 47-year-old Timothy E. Cummings, address unknown, is charged with 43 counts each of forgery, theft and fraud.
Detective Scott Ratts of the Salem City Police Department say Cummings took a credit card when he lost his job at Hacker's Sawmill last December. He then used the card to purchase gas, sometimes asking a clerk to set the pump for a certain amount, then pumping less and asking for a refund. Police say, he even tried this tactic several times in a single day.
Ratts said the sawmill has more than 20 truck drivers, each issued a company credit card. Owner Vernon Hacker received a single statement each month, but that statement did not detail charges to each card.
A clerk at Cowboy's mentioned Cummings refund requests to a friend who happened to also know Hacker. That man knew Cummings no longer worked for Hacker and he called the sawmill to tell them what was going on.
The sawmill notified the police Aug. 4 and an investigation began.
While many employees are issued credit cards, Ratts stressed that was never the case with Cummings, who made only short day trips. Ratts says Cummings was never issued a credit card and took it without permission.
Police were able to secure both receipts and video surveillance of Cummings at Cowboys and at Marathon.
Cummings is believed to have begun using the credit card in late October 2011, when he was still employed at Hacker's. He was let go that December because he lost his driver's license.
Police say Cummings used the card approximately 735 times.
Cummings remains incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Center on a $100,000 full cash only bond.
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