Counterfeiting and forgery charges filed against Huntingdon printing company and its owner

Counterfeiting and forgery charges — totaling 537 counts — have been filed against a Huntingdon printing company owner, his son and the company itself.
R. Thomas Henderson, 62, of Hollidaysburg, Reed T. Henderson, 32, of Mount Union, R.R. 1, and Kunz Business Products at 1600 Penn St., Huntingdon, are named in charges filed at the office of District Justice Richard Wilt.
The Hendersons were arraigned Monday afternoon and released on $25,000 unsecured bail after being accused of forging hundreds of antlerless deer licenses and some Penn State parking passes. A preliminary hearing has not yet been set.
“The two men have been available throughout this investigation and were cooperative in their response when they were summoned to appear for their charges,” said District Attorney Robert Stewart III Monday afternoon.
State police at Huntingdon, the Pennsylvania Game Commission at Huntingdon and District Attorney Stewart have been conducting an investigation at the Huntingdon business since December 2002. The investigation centered around allegations that antlerless deer licenses and Penn State parking passes had been forged, using company employees, computers and printing plates to make the forged copies. The time period of the alleged offenses is between the dates of on or about Aug. 1, 2000, and Dec. 16, 2002.
Two employees told investigators the computer system contained records or files regarding the making of the forged antlerless deer licenses and that, if they did not do the illegal acts that they were told to do, they feared they would lose their jobs.
Charges include 530 counts of unlawful acts concerning licenses, a summary offense of the third degree with a fine of $300 per count. In addition to the imposition of any penalty, a convicted violator shall incur a five-year mandatory revocation of the privilege to hunt or trap anywhere in this Commonwealth. Also, one count of criminal conspiracy and two counts of forgery, all felony 2 offenses; two counts, both misdemeanor 1 offenses; one count of trademark counterfeiting, a misdemeanor 1 offense; and one count of unlawful use of the computer, felony 3, were charged.
Stewart said it is “too early to take a position on whether or not to recommend a sentence in this case.”
According to a synopsis of the statement of probable cause, Trooper Dan Sneath, state police at Huntingdon criminal investigator, became aware of an investigation being conducted by officers of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, on or about Nov. 27, 2002.
Game Commission officers believed that antlerless deer licenses were being forged at Kunz Business Products and at the Times Tribune Co. in Altoona. It is alleged the forgeries were being done at both locations at the request and insistence of R. Thomas Henderson. PGC officers were provided with specimens of the actual forged antlerless deer licenses from Huntingdon County which bore the numbers 8525, 2624, 8859 and 8860.
Information was also provided that numerous copies of the licenses had been printed and were at the Huntingdon location and were being prepared for distribution. A search warrant was executed at the plant in December 2002.
Game Commission Officer John Roller caused a check to be made of issuing agent and commission records to find out to whom the originals of the forged licenses had been issued. His investigation, according to the statement, reflected that R. Thomas Henderson had been issued Huntingdon County antlerless deer license 2624. Reed T. Henderson had been issued Huntingdon County antlerless deer license 8525. Joseph L. Hicks of Mount Union, R.R. 1, had been issued Huntingdon County antlerless deer license 8860 and one known juvenile had been issued license 8859.
Sneath’s investigation led him to two of Henderson’s employees. The first stated that a couple months prior to this interview, Reed Henderson, the business’s general manager, asked (the employee) to scan four Huntingdon County “doe tags” (antlerless deer licenses) into the computer so that they could be printed.
Henderson allegedly said to do whatever it took to make it work so that the licenses could be printed out to look like originals. The employee obeyed the instructions, scanning the licenses into a MAC model G-4 computer. This caused a negative to be printed for each license from which a printing plate was made for each license. The plates then went to the Times Tribune Company in Altoona for the actual printing of the forged licenses, the employee said.
Sneath interviewed a second employee who told him that in the year 2001 (the employee) was allegedly approached by R. Thomas Henderson who presented two Blair County antlerless deer licenses to scan into the computer so that negatives and plates could be made. The plates were sent to the Time Tribune Co. in Altoona for printing.
The employee told Sneath that Reed Henderson asked that a Penn State parking permits be scanned into the computer for a similar purpose printing. Henderson allegedly said it was for an individual who was working at Penn State who needed parking permits and did not want to pay for them.
Norbert J. Gibney Jr., a deputy wildlife conservation officer, went to Gearhart’s Custom Meats, a butcher shop, in Frankstown Township, Blair County, Dec. 15, 2002, as part of this investigation. He saw a doe deer with a Huntingdon County antler license ear tag attached to it, bearing the number 2624. The tag was attached to the license issued to R. Thomas Henderson. The tag was filled out with the name of one of the sons of R. Thomas Henderson who resides near East Freedom.
During the search of the Kunz Business Products plant Dec. 16, 2002, officers recovered 42 different items of evidence, including more than 500 copies of the forged antlerless deer back tags and several forged Penn State parking permits.
Investigation of seized film revealed license numbers 4454 and 9769 in Blair County were issued to Randy Henderson of Hollidaysburg. Police report a search at Gearhart’s Custom Meats Dec. 16, yielded a bag containing venison, a bag containing cut venison with a tag attached — an antlerless deer tag, Huntingdon County No. 2624 — being one of the forged tags. This deer ear tag was signed by an individual other than the one to whom the actual antlerless deer license was issued.
R. Thomas Henderson purchased the printing business from the original owner of Kunz Business Products in 1995.