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Copier dealer charged with fraud

Posted August 13, 2008

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— An office supplies dealer has been charged with using bogus copier leases to scam area businesses and nonprofits.

Scott Arthur Waddell, 49, of 8012 Llewellyn Court in Raleigh, was charged with eight counts each of forgery and obtaining property by false pretense. He was being held Wednesday in the Wake County Jail under a $1.25 million bond.

Waddell ran two companies, Modern Office Solutions and PST Consultants, and sold copy machines and other office supplies to businesses for years.

"Scott came in a lot of times. He was a recognizable figure," said B.J. Stolz, general counsel to Apple Gold Group, a franchisee of Applebee's restaurants that bought supplies from Waddell for 10 years.

Apple Gold got a strange call from a Virginia bank in June, demanding payments on a leased copier, Stolz said. The company didn't have the copier the bank called about, he said.

"We had not heard of any lease. Our owner's signature and my signature had been put on this document, (and they were) not our signatures," he said.

YMCA officials in Raleigh got a similar call about nonexistent leased copiers about the same time, and police have been trying to unravel a web of forged leases and credit applications since then.

Police seized 14 copiers from a storage unit on Gresham Lake Road in north Raleigh during a June 20 search.

At least one other victim of the alleged scam, St. Raphael's Catholic Church, has been identified so far. Police said they expect more victims to come forward and more charges to be filed as the investigation continues.

Federal authorities also are investigating Waddell and his two companies for possible mail and wire fraud charges.

Those who knew Waddell said they still don't understand what happened.

"Scott was a good guy. He contributed when we did charitable events," Stolz said.

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  • twill52816 Aug 15, 2008

    well i worked with him for years in the 80s and 90s also played golf with him. Scott is one of the most giving and caring people ive ever met. so if you dont know him you really shouldnt cast judgement. leave that to our law enforcment and court system, thank you Scott for being a good friend

  • ncguy Aug 15, 2008

    Greed!

  • TheAdmiral Aug 14, 2008

    "Modern Office Solutions"

    I thought something smelled funny when they called.

  • ncrebel Aug 14, 2008

    This guy worked at the same company I did years ago. I knew he was bad news then. This is no surprise.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 13, 2008

    Wow! The Fraud Police have been busy the last few months.

  • Cricket at the lake Aug 13, 2008

    He made charitable contributions with money that wasn't his. Very high bail, guess he is a flight risk?