Ex-City Worker Pleads Guilty to Million-Dollar Ink Scam

A former mailroom worker at the Philadelphia Water Department has pleaded guilty to a million-dollar scam involving printer ink and toner cartridges.

In federal court on Friday, 61-year-old Calvin Duncan admitted using city funds to place more than $1.3 million in excess orders for ink and toner. Investigators said from 2006 to 2011, Duncan had the loot shipped to an Arkansas printer supply company that paid him $545,000.

Duncan pleaded guilty to fraud and aiding and abetting. He will be sentenced Nov. 20. Federal sentencing guidelines recommend a prison term of between 33 and 41 months.

Co-defendants Derek and Danita Willis are slated for trial in October.

The FBI alleges they bought the discounted ink to resell at markup prices at their Arkansas business, Laser Cartridge Plus, Inc.

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