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Former Potato Chip Executive, Vendor Charged with $1.4 Million Fraud

Former Potato Chip Executive, Vendor Charged with $1.4 Million Fraud

Utz Potato Chips

June 18, 2016
A former executive with a Pennsylvania potato chip and snack food company and a vendor have been charged and agreed to plead guilty to defrauding the company out of roughly $1.4 million.

Online federal court records show those documents were filed Tuesday against 38-year-old Kevin Myers and 45-year-old Jonathan Haas.

Federal prosecutors say Myers directed purchasing at Utz Quality Foods in Hanover and Haas owned Haas Packaging and Design when the thefts occurred between January 2010 and August 2014.

Investigators say Haas submitted bogus invoices for $1.4 million in shelving and packaging products that were never delivered. In return, prosecutors say Myers kicked back about $651,000 to Haas.
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Utz Snacks is the largest independent privately held snack brand in the US. Weekly, Utz produces over 1 million pound of potato chips and nine hunderd thousand pounds of pretzels in 4 manufacturing facilities.