2 men accused of stealing from ex-employers

A Tioga County man battling a heroin addiction faces 278 criminal counts for illegally charging $9,200 worth of gasoline on his former employer’s company credit card, according to state police.

While he used the card to put gas in his vehicle, Dustin Seth Stohlberg admitted he also used it numerous times to put gasoline in friends’ vehicles in exchange for cash, police said.

The 31-year-old Covington man then used the money to buy heroin, police said.

The credit card belonged to Wise Services in Mansfield, where Stohlberg was employed for eight months, beginning in early December 2011, police said.

Stohlberg was to use the credit card to make gasoline purchases for company vehicles, police said. When he was terminated late last summer because “he failed to show up for work,” he never returned the card to the company, police said.

During a five-week period beginning last Sept. 1, Stohlberg “used the credit card 139 times to purchase $9,200 worth of gasoline at 20 locations in Lycoming and Tioga counties,” a state trooper alleged in an affidavit.

“He knew he was not authorized to use the card but did so anyway because of his addiction,” the trooper said.

Stohlberg recently was arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on 139 counts each of theft by deception and access device fraud. He was released on $15,000 bail.

In another fraud case, Jonathan Curtis Bennett, who will turn 20 on Friday and lives at 5889 Warrensville Road, also has been charged with theft and access device fraud for allegedly misusing a company credit card while he was employed by L&L Boiler Maintenance Co., 116 S. Washington St., Montoursville, according to borough police.

Bennett admitted to police that while he was staying with his girlfriend in Bloomsburg, he could not afford the gasoline to get to work, so he charged the expenses on the company’s credit card, court records state.

Bennett charged $142 on the company’s credit card between March 8 and March 17, police said. He has since been terminated from the company, police said.

Following his arraignment before Whiteman, Bennett was released on $2,500 bail.