A carrier owner is facing nine felony charges related to allegedly fraudulent business practices. Over the course of several years, police say she overcharged just one client by more than $3.65 million.
Lorie Stuer is co-owner of Michigan-based Stoney Creek Trucking. In December of last year, a construction equipment company, Bandit Industries, filed a complaint with the country Sheriff’s office. The complaint led to a five-month investigation.
Authorities found that since 2011, Stuer had been artificially inflating invoices sent to Bandit. All told, the company had been overcharged by $3.65 million.
Nine felony charges have been filed against Stuer. She faces three counts of false pretenses totaling $1M or more, three counts of using a computer to commit a crime, and three counts of fraud for obtaining signature with intent to defraud.