ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 17HF1027
Date: August 4, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. – An In-N-Out Burger (INOB) employee and the owner of Industrial Material Handling Express (IMHE) were charged with forgery and grand theft for ordering merchandise from IMHE for personal use and submitting fraudulent invoices to INOB.
- Kevin Anthony Koerner, 44, Lakewood
- Louie Garcia, 47, Downey
- (1) Grand Theft
- (34) Forgery
- Sentencing Enhancements:
- Loss over $65,000
- Aggravated White Collar Crime over $100,000
26 years and eight months in state prison
Aug. 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. at Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana
Circumstances of the Case
- At the time of the crime, Koerner was employed by INOB as a forklift mechanic and entrusted with ordering forklift parts on behalf of INOB and Garcia was the owner Industrial Material Handling Express (IMHE), a third party vendor which provided forklift parts to INOB.
- Between Feb. 16, 2005, and July 6, 2014, Koerner is accused of ordering merchandise from IMHE for personal use and picking up the items directly from Garcia.
- From March 9, 2005, to July 16, 2016, Koerner and Garcia are accused of preparing and submitting fraudulent invoices to INOB for Koerner’s personal items.
- The defendants are further accused of submitting over $150,000 in fraudulent invoices to INOB for “miscellaneous” parts and inflating the cost of each item by 75 percent.
- An IMHE employee discovered the scheme and reported the facts to INOB, who contacted the Irvine Police Department (IPD).
- IPD investigated this case.
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Marc Labreche, Major Fraud Unit
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson