A Norwalk man is wanted on an Indiana warrant in connection with creating fake receipts and submitting them for reimbursement for about 10 years.
Dale R. Terpening, 52, is accused of creating forged receipts on his work laptop computer and submitting them as business expenses to Wayne Chemicals, according to court documents in Allen Superior Court near Fort Wayne, Ind. Authorities estimate the loss at about $154,000.
The suspect told Allen County police detectives he began submitting the fake receipts for reimbursement “to stay above water.” Terpening also said he began making the fake receipts after the company issued him a laptop sometime near the end of 1998 or 1999, according to court documents.
“It’s a gray area because it’s an ongoing investigation,” Detective Cpl. Orville Roberts said when asked to elaborate on the allegations.
The detective filed his court documents Friday. Police issued a warrant for Terpening’s arrest on one count each of forgery and theft Dec. 26.
“He (Terpening) doesn’t live here. I have no idea what you’re talking about,” said a Collins woman, who identified herself as Terpening’s mother, when discussing the case by telephone Monday. She declined to provide her name.
Roberts, who refused to release Terpening’s specific address, said authorities will mail the suspect a card, summoning him to Allen Superior Court on the charges.
There are no criminal charges filed against Terpening in Huron County Common Pleas Court. The online Norwalk Municipal Court docket only lists three traffic violations filed against the defendant.