Published Date Written by Dan Miller
A Swatara Twp. woman in charge of paying the bills for the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Highspire Travel Plaza was charged by state police with allegedly making more than $170,000 in bogus purchases over a three-year period.
In many cases, Carol Lynn Eubank purchased items using company funds and then made money by re-selling the items or getting reimbursed for them, according to court records filed by state police with District Justice David Judy.
Police allege that Eubank used company money from November 2012 through November 2014 to buy $142,914.23 worth of toner from Quill.com for a printer that was no longer used in her office. She then used company funds to ship the toner to a business in Utah that buys back unopened or unused toners, according to state police. The Utah company reimbursed Eubank up to 60 percent of the retail value of each toner, state police said.
For 14 years, Eubank was employed by HMS Host, according to state police, and her primary responsibility was to control the billing and pay the bills for the Highspire Travel Plaza.
State police said they were alerted to the alleged thefts in December by a loss prevention manager who worked for HMS Host.
Besides the toner, Eubank also bought U.S. postage stamps using company money that she resold for a total of $6,237.15 between October 2012 and October 2014, according to state police.
Eubank also bought $14,000 worth of miscellaneous items using company funds, state police said. The large list of items included office furniture, video games, computer hardware, kitchen ware, DVDs – including season one and two of the Paris Hilton TV show, "Simple Life'' and a six-disc set of Carol Burnett shows, according to court records.
State police said Eubank told them she used much of the money that she received to pay bills. However, Eubank also used company funds to buy five baskets from a florist that she gave out as Christmas gifts in 2014, state police said.
Eubank, 52, was arraigned before Judy on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and charged with felony theft by unlawful taking. She was released on $50,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 25 before Judy, but Eubank has already waived the hearing and is scheduled to be arraigned in Dauphin County Court on the charge on Nov. 18, according to court records.