MAYS LANDING- A Pennsylvania man and woman have been charged with theft and conspiracy in connection to accepting and processing cash and electronic payments for the sale of fireworks depriving the owner of the fireworks proceeds from the sales, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Porshia Maldonado was hired to sell fireworks for Keystone Novelties Distributors in July 2018. The fireworks were being sold out of a tent located in the parking lot of Duck Town Tavern in Atlantic City. The tent location was open for business days before the July 4th holiday. Her helper, James Shifflette, was with her selling fireworks.
An investigation by detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit determined that Maldonado and Shifflette stole U.S. Currency, in excess of $500, from the sale of fireworks over the course of a few days at the fireworks tent located in the Duck Town Tavern parking lot. The proceeds from the sale of fireworks were not processed through the electronic equipment provided by Keystone Novelties Distributors.
Shifflette, 37, Maldonado, 36, both of Pottstown, PA, were each charged with one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking in excess of $500.00 and Conspiracy— both crimes of the third degree. On January 15, 2020, the defendants were charged via complaint summons authorized by Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Mario Formica. On January 17, 2020, Shifflette and Maldonado were personally served with their respective complaint summonses by the Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Department.
Shifflette and Maldonado are scheduled to make their first appearance in Atlantic County Superior Court on February 12, 2020.
***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***
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