WILSONVILLE, OR - Ricky Alan Dralle, a former fleet manager at Rite-Aid's regional distribution center in Wilsonville, Ore., and his wife Deborah Radcliff-Dralle, were sentenced to prison Nov. 13 after scamming Rite-Aid out of more than $400,000 over the course of 9 years, according to The Oregonian.
Dralle maintained the trailers that hauled goods from Rite-Aid's West Coast warehouses to hundreds of its stores. A trusted employee since the late '80s, he worked under minimal supervision.
He and his wife allegedly set up two dummy companies, Pac West Tire & Wheel and Willamette Truck & Trailer Parts, and billed Rite-Aid more than $400,000 for goods that were never delivered. Radcliff-Dralle, a former interior decorator, was said to be "the brains of the operation." The Dralles started the first bogus corporation in 1999, about two years after they married, reported the Oregonian.
The scam continued for nine years and ended in April 2008 after Rite-Aid discovered Dralle was stealing tires. The investigation uncovered invoices to the bogus companies.
Dralle, 57, was sentenced to six years and Deborah Radcliff-Dralle, 54, four years and nine months. A jury found the Dralles guilty of 11 counts of aggravated theft in the first degree in October, according to the Oregonian.
The illegal income helped buy the Dralles an $829,000 home in Tualatin and an Audi Q7, the Oregonian reported.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet