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August 23, 2012

Ex-manager accused of $100G theft

JOHNSTOWN — The former manager of a Richland Township business was jailed Thursday after allegedly embezzling more than $100,000 during a five-year period.

Richland Township police charged Daniel Joseph Hockenberry, 42, with six felony

counts each of theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, receiving stolen property and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.

In a court document, police said Hockenberry was employed by Sporting Goods Discounters as manager of its subsidiary,

3D Graphix, on Scalp Avenue.

Police said Hockenberry posed as the owner of the business.

From January 2006 to February 2011 he allegedly changed dollar amounts on invoices and pocketed the difference. He also instructed clients to make payments to him.

“He had a lot of checks made to Dan Hockenberry as opposed to 3D Graphix,” police Detective Thomas Keirn said. “None of the checks should have been made to Dan Hockenberry.”

Dennis Salem, owner of Sporting Goods Discounters, said discrepancies in invoices alerted him to the thefts.  

A forensic audit by Wessel and Co. of Johnstown determined the business lost $114,230.

Salem said he believes the loss could be much more.

“It’s like I worked 10 years for free,” he said.

Police said Hockenberry had business cards identifying him as owner of 3d Graphix and had a voicemail message also stating he was owner.

“He spent a lot of money over the years,” Keirn said. “He went on vacations and had nice cars. People knew him to walk around with lots of cash.”

Kerin said there is no evidence that Hockenberry stashed the money but likely spent all of it.

Hockenberry, of the 1000 block of Menoher Boulevard in Johnstown’s West Hills was arraigned by District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $20,000 bond.

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