NJ Dental supply company president stole $1M in dental supplies, prosecutor says

What would anyone do with $1 million in dental supplies?

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The president of a Cranford-based dental supply company sent hundreds of invoices to product manufacturers, but all the paperwork was fake, authorities say.

Now the company president Frank Clavelli, 42, of Monroe Township, Middlesex County, faces charges for falsely obtaining more than $1 million in products, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said Wednesday.

Clavelli, president of Tristate Dental Supplies & Equipment, is charged with theft by deception and misconduct by a corporate official, both second-degree charges, Park said in a statement.

He also was charged with fourth-degree engaging in deceptive business practices and forgery, Park said.

Tristate, now headquartered in Monroe, was previously located in Cranford, the prosecutor said.

She said Clavelli allegedly had been fabricating fictitious invoices himself, and claiming that other companies were making purchases from a manufacturer, Dentsply Sirona, which is based in New York and Pennsylvania.

“The fictitious invoices, which numbered in the hundreds, resulted in Tristate receiving more than $1 million in goods from Dentsply Sirona before the alleged scheme was finally uncovered,” Park said.

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