A Canton man in charge of maintenance for mobile home parks in Woodstock and Cartersville has been charged with allegedly stealing more than $200,000 from his employer.
Gary Paul Lee was indicted June 10 and booked into the Cherokee County jail on Monday on one racketeering and 16 felony charges of theft by taking.
According to the indictment filed against Lee:
Since the early 1980s, Lee worked performing maintenance for a company that operates mobile home rental parks in both Woodstock and Cartersville.
Lee is accused of buying materials for repair jobs at the mobile home parks using petty cash and a hardware store credit card, and returning unused products back to the store for cash refunds that he kept.
The company became of aware of the alleged refund scheme when the store that issued the credit card changed its policy and began sending email alerts to the cardholder when returns are made.
Investigation showed that the incidents of products being returned for cash refunds apparently began in October of 2011 and continued through October of 2016.
The long period of alleged thefts using the same scheme fit within the definition of racketeering, the indictment states.
The indictment lists hundreds of individual returns that take up more than eight pages and range in size from less than $3 to more than $1,300.
Grand jurors heard from 13 witnesses before handing down their indictment.