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June 30, 2011

Accused swindler strikes deal with DA

MIDDLEBURG — A former businessman accused of swindling customers by taking their money and not delivering the vehicles he promised bought some time Wednesday by striking a deal with the Snyder County district attorney.

The defendant, Kurt Keiper, was expected to plead guilty in Snyder County Court.

“I agreed to a continuance to give him opportunity to make good to the victims,” DA Mike Piecuch said, “since that is our main goal.”

Keiper, former owner of Summit Transport Services on Route 522, Middleburg, has racked up a number of similar cases, with nearly a dozen against him in county court totaling thefts of about $400,000.

Keiper said he is arranging a property loan or transaction that would allow him to make restitution to the victims by the end of July, Piecuch said.

If he does, that doesn’t mean the charges will be dismissed, the DA said, but it would affect the penalties he faces when he is sentenced.

Piecuch and Selinsgrove state trooper Wayne Ghrist said in May that they were concerned that Keiper was still living in the area and continuing to defraud people unaware of the charges against him.

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