YAKIMA — Two brothers from Sunnyside are facing forgery and first-degree theft charges after allegedly purchasing items from the Bleyhl’s locations in Sunnyside and Grandview using their employer’s credit.
A farmer in Grandview reported the forgery April 24 to Grandview Police, who investigated activity by Angel Graviel Garcia, 26, and his brother Emmanuel L. Garcia, 20.
The brothers were arrested May 23 and made a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court on May 28.
Judge Michael G. McCarthy found there was probable cause for each of them to be formally charged during a June 11 arraignment.
The farmer, a former employer of the men, found inconsistencies with his bill from Bleyhl’s. He initially discovered more than $3,800 in unauthorized charges were made to his account.
Another bill was received, and additional unauthorized charges were made, bringing the total to nearly $8,000.
Police say one of the brothers attempted to convince investigators the charges were made with prior approval from the employer, but several of the receipts collected as evidence showed one of the brothers signed another employee’s name on them.
Bleyhl’s credited the farmer for several of the unauthorized charges, making the company suffer the loss “… so Bleyhl’s is also a victim in the case,” Sgt. Kevin Glasenapp wrote in a narrative submitted to prosecutors and the court.