BIEBER TOURWAYS OWNER ARRESTED FOR BAD CHECKS
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On February 5, 2019, the Berks County Detective’s Office received numerous complaints from employees of Carl R. Bieber Inc., aka “Bieber Tourways”, which is headquartered in Kutztown, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
The employees of Carl R. Bieber Inc. were issued payroll checks which were returned “NSF” or Non-Sufficient Funds.
On February 7, 2019, Carl R. Bieber Inc. abruptly closed and suspended all bus services and operations.
On February 13, 2019, the Berks County Detective’s Office initiated a criminal investigation, in response to the numerous complaints the office received associated with the “bounced” payroll checks which were issued to the employees.
The Berks County Detectives verified that the defendant, Steven Haddad, was the current business owner of Carl R. Bieber Inc. Through further investigation, detectives learned that Steven Haddad issued the payroll checks to his employees, even though he was aware that the Carl R. Bieber Inc. bank account utilized for payroll lacked the financial funding to cover the payroll expenses.
The Berks County Detectives interviewed at least twenty-nine employees who were issued payroll checks which were returned “NSF.”
The defendant issued a total of fifty-one checks to employees of Carl R. Bieber Inc., between January 1, 2019, and February 21, 2019, for a total of approximately $24,893.59.
In addition to the above listed financial loss involving the payroll checks, the employees were further victimized by being assessed administrative fees or service charges by the financial institutions due to the returned checks. The total was $786.50.
The overall total financial loss suffered by the victims is $25,680.09.
To date, the defendant has failed to compensate the twenty-nine employees or make good on his commitment to reimburse the employees who were victimized and penalized due to the defendant’s intentional distribution of “worthless” payroll checks.
This investigation was delayed because the defendant requested the opportunity to resolve this matter by fully compensating his twenty-nine employees. Unfortunately, he failed to do so.
On June 17, 2020, the Berks County Detectives filed criminal charges against the defendant Steven Haddad, at Magisterial District Judge Gail Greth’s Office.
M.D.J. Greth issued an arrest warrant for the defendant.
At approximately 3:00 P.M., the defendant reported to M.D.J. Greth’s office and surrendered.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Steven Haddad, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.