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Allen County Sheriff's Department
Christopher T. Hummer

Ex-Pepsi worker accused of having Brink's deliver $23,000 – to him

A former Pepsi employee in Fort Wayne was charged Tuesday with theft after investigators said he arranged for an armored car service to deliver to him more than $20,000 in cash that belonged to his employer.

In March, one of Christopher T. Hummer's former supervisors went to police after he noticed that Hummer had signed for two large cash deliveries without permission, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Hummer, 37, of the 5600 block of Woodshire Drive, worked at the time for Pepsi and would distribute and collect money from vendors, the report said.

He was fired in February for an issue unrelated to the theft allegations, according to the affidavit.

In October and November, there were two cash deliveries to Pepsi, one for $10,000 and one for $13,500, both of which Hummer signed for, his supervisor told investigators.

Not only were the amounts unusually large for such a transaction, but someone had to override the company's much lower limit in place for such withdrawals. Police found financial records that showed Pepsi did not initiate the withdrawals.

Pepsi records given to police showed that Hummer signed for the two cash deliveries, something the Brink's driver told police seemed odd because she usually made pickups, not deliveries, at Pepsi.

The driver told police she left the money with Hummer, but he told police he never opened the bags and gave them back to Brink's, despite there being no record of a deposit slip for those transactions, the affidavit said.

Hummer then told police he wanted to speak with an attorney.

He was booked on two counts of theft and was released on his own recognizance.

cmeyers@jg.net

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