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KINGSTON TWP. — A former general manager at the Wine and Spirits shop in Dallas Township was charged Tuesday with stealing money from the store by filing fraudulent returns, according to charges filed.


Dallas Township police charged Jeffrey John Kaskiel, 46, of Grouse Ridge Lane, Butler Township, with three counts of forgery and two counts of theft. Kaskiel surrendered at the office of District Judge James Tupper in Kingston Township with his attorney, Mark Mack.


Because Kaskiel was represented by a lawyer, he waived the two theft counts to Luzerne County Court and police withdrew the three forgery counts against him. He was released without bail.


Police said an audit of the store on Memorial Highway allegedly showed questionable merchandise returns.


According to the criminal complaint:


State Auditor Dominic Esgro in July performed a forensic audit of the store when officials learned of possible manipulation of store assets allegedly by Kaskiel.


Esgro allegedly uncovered 18 transactions that resulted in monetary losses to the store totaling $2,174 and fraudulent signatures of three people without their knowledge, the complaint says.


A store surveillance camera allegedly recorded Kaskiel leaving the store on June 16 at closing time with three unidentified bottles.


The complaint includes the alleged 18 fraudulent transactions:


Jan. 29: A total of $572.08 in three returns was credited to Kaskiel’s bank card. Paperwork is missing for the three separate transactions.


March 8: A $239.39 return was credited to Kaskiel’s bank card using a register assigned to another employee. Paperwork is missing.


April 22: A return of $81.57 was issued in cash and $98.52 return credited to Kaskiel’s bank card using a register assigned to another employee.


May 22: A return of $66.74 was issued in cash using a register assigned to another employee.


May 26: A return of $58.24 was issued in cash using a register assigned to another employee.


June 12: A return of $36.02 was issued in cash using a closed register.


June 13: A return of $70.97 was issued in cash using a register assigned to another employee.


June 16: A return of $118.64 was credited to a credit card and a return of $93.23 in cash when the store was closed. Surveillance video is missing for 19 seconds. Paperwork is missing for one transaction.


June 26: A return of $184.32 was credited to credit card and $27.54 returned in cash from a closed register. Paperwork is missing.


• June 27: A return of $79.43 was issued in cash from a closed register.


June 29: Two separate returns totaling $335.79 was credited to Kaskiel’s bank card and $111.23 issued in cash all from a closed register. Surveillance video is missing for 7 minutes.


Kaskiel is scheduled to be formally arraigned in county court on Jan. 17.

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