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Rite Aid Claims $6M Fraud in Lawsuit

June 12, 2003

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Rite Aid Corp. has sued two former employees and a third man, accusing them of improperly pocketing more than $6 million in company funds during the late 1990s.

The civil suit alleges that David Koneff and Daniel Semic, who worked in the company’s tax department, used a Florida company to divert the money for four years starting in 1995.

The nine-page suit, filed in a county court Tuesday in Carlisle, Pa., accuses the two former Rite Aid employees of authorizing payments to New York Sales Tax Credit, a company headed by Brian Eden, to collect New York state taxes Rite Aid had purportedly overpaid.

But no such tax payments were recovered, and Eden later paid thousands to Semic and Koneff, according to the suit.

Eden, New York Sales Tax Credit, and Eden’s Hialeah, Fla.-based Federal & State Corporate Advisors Inc., are also defendants in the suit.

The attorney for Semic and Koneff, David Foster, declined to comment on the allegations Wednesday. Both men left Rite Aid in 2000, according to the company.

Attempts to find contacts for Eden or the two businesses in the Hialeah area were unsuccessful.

Rite Aid spokeswoman Karen Rugen said payments to New York Sales Tax Credit ended when new management took over the company in 1999.

Rite Aid, based in Camp Hill, Pa., is the nation’s third-largest drugstore chain.

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