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St. Joseph's Medical Center employeearrested for fraud

Jose Luis Torres, Jr., 33, Hampton, Ga., has been charged with Theft by Deception, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, and Receiving Stolen Property.

In November of 2011, detectives from the Berks County District Attorney's Crime Unit initiated a financial investigation into reported allegations of theft from St. Joseph's Medical Center located at 2500 Bernville Road, Reading.

During the investigation, detectives learned that from November 2010 through September 2011, Jose Luis Torres, Jr. ordered radiological equipment for St. Joseph's Medical Center and then sold it for profit. During this time period, Torres was employed by St. Joseph's Medical Center as a technician within the Clinical Engineering Division. The defendant used fraudulent work orders to order unnecessary supplies such as hi-voltage cables for CT scan machines. The supplies were delivered to a FedEx facility near St. Joseph's Medical Center where Torres would pick them up and then re-ship them to Patrick Kluge, who owns a medical supply company in Baltimore, Md. Torres would receive 50 percent of the actual value of the supplies.

During an interview with detectives, Torres admitted to creating fictitious work orders for supplies that were invoiced to St. Joseph's Medical Center and then selling them to Patrick Kluge for personal profit. He admitted to receiving between $20,000 to $30,000 from Patrick Kluge for these supplies.

On Sept. 21, 2012, detectives obtained a warrant of arrest for Jose Luis Torres, Jr. on the aforementioned listed charges from Magisterial District Judge Thomas M. Gauby.

On Sept. 24, 2012, Torres surrendered to detectives at approximately 9 a.m. He is awaiting processing and will be arraigned before Judge Gauby. At the time of this press release, the bail amount was unknown.

Kutztown Borough Police Department

Sept. 7: Police arrested Danielle Hetherington, 18, of Fairless Hills, for Violation of the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W. Main St.

After completing their investigation, police arrested a Juvenile for Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct following an incident that occurred at the Kutztown Area Middle School, 10 Deisher Lane.

After completing their investigation, police arrested Jonathan Brannan, 21, of Orefield, for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 28 Noble St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

After completing their investigation, police arrested Blake Temple, 21, of Chadds Ford, for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 603 Briar Circle South. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

Sept. 8: Police arrested Peter W. Bezek, 20, of Dallastown, for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 129 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

Police investigated the report of Theft of a Street Sign after it was reported missing from the 400 block of College Blvd.

Police arrested Rachel Lopez, 20, of Voorhees, N.J., for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 417 W. Walnut St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

Police arrested Rachel Murphy, 20, of Horsham, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 400 block of W. Main St.

Police arrested Joshua Duggan, 22, of St. Louis, MO for Scattering Rubbish following an incident that occurred in the 400 block of W. Main St.

Sept. 9: Police investigated the report of Theft of Vehicle after the vehicle was reported missing while it was parked at a residence in the 100 block of W. Walnut St.

Police investigated the report of Criminal Trespass following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 200 block of S. Laurel St.

Police investigated the report of a Burglary after items were reported missing following an incident that occurred at a residence in the 200 block of E. Main St.

After completing their investigation, police arrested Robert Melia, 21, of Pennsauken, N.J., for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 126 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

Police arrested Mitchell Voelker, 21, of Shoemakersville, for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 45 W. Main St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

Police arrested Zachary French, 19, of Islip Terr, N.Y., for Violation of the Borough Noise Ordinance following an incident that occurred at 417 W. Walnut St. A Disruptive Conduct Report was also issued.

Police arrested Daniel Tomansky, 21, of Emerson, N.J., for Violation of the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 00 block of Noble St.

Police arrested Kevin O'Donnell, 20, of Lansdale, for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred at the intersection of Sander Alley and Noble St.

Police arrested Demerik Weglinsh, 19, of Reading, for Scattering Rubbish following an incident that occurred in the 500 block of Briar Circle North.

Sept. 10: After completing their investigation, police arrested Adam Yee, 20, of Newtown Square, for Loiter/Prowling at Night, Criminal Mischief/Tampering with Property, Disorderly Conduct, Public Drunkenness and for Purchase, Consumption, Possession or Transportation of Liquor or Malt or Brewed Beverages following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of Greenwich St.

Sept. 11: Police are investigating the report of Graffiti Vandalism to a dumpster located in the 100 block of Noble St., to a trash can in the 300 block of W. Main St., to traffic control signs located in the 300 block of W. Walnut St., to parking regulatory signs located in the 400 block of W. Walnut St. and to a sign at the Nation Penn Bank, 110 W. Main St.

Sept. 12: Police are investigating the report of Graffiti Vandalism to a stop sign located at the intersection of E. Sacony Alley and Pine St., to various signs and poles located in the 100 block of E. Main St. and to a traffic control sign located in the 00 block of E. Main St.

After completing their investigation, police filed additional charges against Christopher Biney, 20, Berks County Prison for Robbery/Threat of Serious Injury, Simple Assault and several other related offenses following an incident that occurred at the Bieber Square Apartments, 88 Bieber Alley.

Sept. 13: Police arrested Jessica T. Knowles, 19, of Horsham, for Public Drunkenness following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W. Main St.

Police arrested Florid Ahmeti, 21, of Philadelphia, for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred at the intersection of N. Laurel and E. Walnut streets.

Police investigated the report of Theft after an item was reported missing following an incident that occurred at the Kutztown Area Middle School, 10 Deisher Lane.

After completing their investigation, police arrested Lauren Gray, 19, of Pottstown, for Violation of the Borough Peace and Good Order Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of Sander Alley.

After completing their investigation, police arrested John Gregory, 18, of Woodbridge, Va., for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of W. Main St.

After completing their investigation, police arrested Steven Hellmann, 22, of Trappe, for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 100 block of College Blvd.

After completing their investigation, police arrested Christopher Alexander, 21, of Philadelphia, for Violation of the Borough Open Container Ordinance following an incident that occurred in the 200 block of W. Main St.

After completing their investigation, police arrested Katelyn Miller, 21, of Oxford, for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Controlled Substance, Obedience to Traffic Control Devices and for a Stop Sign Violation following an incident that occurred in the 300 block of W. Walnut St.

Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23, Berks-Lehigh Regional Police Department responded to 202 assignments, 42 assists, 21 accidents, nine animal cases, 30 alarms, 27 EMS calls, five fire calls and 22 traffic citations.

Sept. 17: report of an assault on Krumsville Road, Maxatawny.

Sept. 17: report of criminal mischief to vehicle on Kohler Road, Maxatawny.

Sept. 22: report of a burglary on Main Street, Lyons.

State Police Sept. 18 to 19: Criminal mischief to a golf cart reported. Four sugar cubes were reported to have been placed in the gas tank of a golf cart parked at a campsite lot at Blue Rocks Campground in Lenhartsville. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police, Hamburg, at 1-877-523-6373.

Sept. 18: simple assault reported at 6:45 a.m. at RJ Family Restaurant, 3341 Pricetown Road, Ruscombmanor Township. While opening the door to RJ Family Restaurant, the victim, a 49-year-old white man from Fleetwood, was punched. The suspect is described as a black male with a muscular build, about 5 foot 7 or 8 inches tall, having facial hair and wearing a red and white baseball cap, black hooded jacket, jeans and boots. The suspect then fled east on Route 12. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police, Reading, at 610-378-4011.

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