Granite Embezzlement Case Cracked

George C. Page (courtesy of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)

George C. Page (courtesy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office)

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office’s Financial Crimes Unit arrested two area suspects related to an embezzlement case opened in 2014.

George C. Page, 44, of Centreville, and Mehmet Dagistan, 50, of Arlington, are both charged with participating in a scheme to falsify invoices for the sale of granite to unauthorized vendors out of the Sterling warehouse of Cosentino. The company, based in Texas, is an internationally known distributor of surfacing materials.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the scheme was organized by Page, who worked as the company’s local operations manager, beginning in 2012, and that $85,000 was embezzled.  Page was charged with selling granite to unauthorized, unregistered vendors and then keeping the cash and creating false invoices 67 times over a two year period. In June, he was arrested and pled guilty to felony charges of embezzlement. The Loudoun County Circuit Court also ordered Page to pay $40,000 in restitution.

Dagistan, a vendor who participated in Page’s scheme by purchasing granite slabs, was arrested June 3 by Arlington County Police and charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit felony embezzlement. He is scheduled to appear in Loudoun County Circuit Court later this month.

The scheme involved granite imported from Brazil to Norfolk. It was then transported to Sterling, ostensibly for another local company, Granite One.

Instead, the granite found its way to Dagistan as part of the sham invoicing scheme managed by Page. Investigators found that Granite One knew nothing about this.

“Violent crime has a higher profile,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, “but what happened here is unconscionable and hurts the businesses in our community too.”

The Sheriff’s Office reports it worked closely with the Loudoun County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and officials of Cosentino on the investigation.