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Two charged with stealing proceeds from fireworks sales in Atlantic City

Two charged with stealing proceeds from fireworks sales in Atlantic City

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Fireworks over the Atlantic City skyline June 27, 2019

MAYS LANDING — A Pennsylvania man and woman were charged this month with theft and conspiracy for stealing proceeds from fireworks sales two years ago, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Friday.

Porshia Maldonado was hired to sell fireworks for Keystone Novelties Distributors in July 2018, Tyner said in a news release. The fireworks were sold out of a tent in the parking lot of Ducktown Tavern in Atlantic City. Helping her was James Shifflette.

Detectives with the prosecutor’s Official Corruption Unit determined Maldonado and Shifflette stole more than $500 in cash from the sale of fireworks over the course of a few days, Tyner said. The proceeds were not processed through the electronic equipment provided by Keystone Novelties Distributors.

Shifflette, 37, and Maldonado, 36, both of Pottstown, were each charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking in excess of $500 and conspiracy.

The defendants were charged Jan. 15 via complaint summons authorized by Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Mario Formica. They were served Jan. 17 by Lower Pottsgrove Township police.

Shifflette and Maldonado are scheduled to appear in Atlantic County Superior Court on Feb. 12.

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