Four Men Indicted of Embezzling Over $380,000

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Four men who are accused of taking more than $380,000 from a North Carolina company have been indicted on a total of 194 embezzlement counts , according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies began looking into the case Sept. 26, after the owner of United American Steel contacted the sheriff’s office to report discrepancies in deliveries the company made to a ScrapCo Inc. site near Rocky Mount. The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, but has a satellite office in Wirtz, Capt. Phillip Young said. Investigators determined that some United American Steel employees were using company vehicles to deliver loads of scrap metal to ScrapCo. Once they sold the scrap metal, they received checks that were made out to the individual employee, rather than to United American Steel, Young said. Investigators determined that this had been going on since 2013, according to a news release. Deputies questioned four suspects, and three of the four confessed to embezzling from the company, according to the release. Young said each of the 194 felony embezzlement charges represents a time when the employee received a check from ScrapCo made out in his name and cashed it into a personal account. A Franklin County grand jury handed down indictments on Monday against Roger Wayne Crider, 50, of Spencer, who is charged with 46 counts of felony embezzlement; Garland Lamont Ramey, 51, of Rocky Mount, 34 counts; Julius L. Perdue, 42, of Moneta, 62 counts; and Terrance M. Muse, 26, of Rocky Mount, 52 counts.