Wall Street Journal subscription theft racks up 1,000-plus charges

Staff reports

Monday Feb 11, 2019 at 7:33 PM Feb 11, 2019 at 7:33 PM

PAINTED POST — A Painted Post man faces more than 1,000 felony counts in connection with an alleged $200,000 theft over several years.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, the New York State Police in Painted Post arrested Joseph W. Canner, 37 of Painted Post, after he was indicted by a Steuben County Grand Jury on one count of second-degree grand larceny, a class-C felony, and 1,042 counts of first-degree falsifying business records, all class-E felonies.

During the period from Sept. 2013 to May 2018, while an employee at the former Sitel business in Painted Post, Joseph Canner allegedly stole over $100,000 through the sale of illegally marketed Wall Street Journal newspaper subscriptions on his personal eBay account. The theft was said to have cost Dow Jones, the parent company of the Wall Street Journal, over $200,000 to produce, transport, deliver, and service the stolen subscriptions and resulted in more than $500,000 in lost revenue.

Canner was arraigned and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

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