DANVILLE — A former Danville sewage treatment plant employee is free on bail after being charged with theft of more than $20,000 worth of scrap metal from the sewer plant construction site where he allegedly spent $15,000 on lunches and parties for workers there.
Dominic Eugene Mottern, 42, of 901A Mount Zion Drive, was arraigned Tuesday by Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder and released on 1 percent of $50,000 bail.
Mottern estimated there were 50 construction workers at the site and during four to six weeks he probably spent $300 on each worker for lunch, drinks and ice daily. He estimated he spent nearly $15,000 on parties, food and drinks for them. He told police the lunches included hamburgers, hot dogs and occasionally pizza. He didn’t keep receipts for his purchases but gave police a hand-written expenditure list for everything he bought with the scrap metal money. His list accounted for $4,245, police said.
Mottern also admitted to hauling scrap on Saturdays, accumulating metal and selling it and keeping the proceeds.
State Trooper Adrian Bordner charged Mottern with theft, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, tampering with records and misapplication of entrusted property and property of government or financial institutions from Nov. 2, 2011, through Jan. 30 at the plant at 200 Northumberland St.
Danville borough officials announced some time ago an investigation was being conducted about missing scrap from the plant.
According to the charges, Mottern was told to take all scrap metal to a scrap yard and all money he received was to be kept in a junk fund for the sewer department. He was told to keep all money, receipts and invoices from the transactions at the sewer department.
Mottern told Bordner he would haul the scrap from the plant to Booth and Son’s Tire and Iron Inc. and would receive payment by check or cash. He would put the payments in a cigar box at the sewer plant. When he was paid by check, he would immediately cash it since it was made payable to him and then put the cash in the box.