State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged two Schuylkill County residents with a theft and related counts.
Troopers said Sharon Mullin, 46, of Pottsville, was employed by Weiner Iron & Metal Corporation, Pottsville.
She would conduct business for the firm by obtaining different small scrap collectors and offer to purchase copper at an appropriate Comex market rate.
Troopers said Chester Caldwell Jr., 31, of Peach Bottom, Lancaster County, did business with Mullin with buying and selling different types of copper.
According to troopers, Caldwell asked Mullin to help him financially to increase his scrap business.
When payment was made from the Weiner firm by Mullin to Caldwall, Mullin would allegedly change the amount and overpay Caldwell.
Mullin overpaid Caldwell a total of $614,445.62 between the time frame of Feb. 28, 2011, and Dec. 12, 2012, troopers said.
Arrest warrants were obtained for both suspects on Feb. 13. Mullin has been charged with theft, criminal conspiracy to commit theft, theft by deception, and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.
She was arraigned on Tuesday, Feb. 19, before District Judge James Ferrier, of Orwigsburg, and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.
Caldwell was charged with conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy to commit theft by deception, and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned before Ferrier on Feb. 15 and also released on $25,000 unsecured bail.