Two people have been charged with theft and conspiracy in relation to the sale of fireworks outside a business in Atlantic City.

Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner says Porshia Maldonado, 36, and James Shifflette, 37, both of Pottstown Pennsylvania, were charged with "accepting and processing cash and electronic payments for the sale of fireworks depriving the owner of the fireworks proceeds from the sales."

Here are the details from Tyner:

Porshia Maldonado was hired to sell fireworks for Keystone Novelties Distributors in July 2018.  The fireworks were being sold out of a tent located in the parking lot of Duck Town Tavern in Atlantic City.  The tent location was open for business days before the July 4th holiday.  Her helper, James Shifflette, was with her selling fireworks.

An investigation by detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit determined that Maldonado and Shifflette stole U.S. Currency, in excess of $500, from the sale of fireworks over the course of a few days at the fireworks tent located in the Duck Town Tavern parking lot.  The proceeds from the sale of fireworks were not processed through the electronic equipment provided by Keystone Novelties Distributors.

Both Maldonado and Shifflette have been charged with one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking in excess of $500.00 and Conspiracy— both crimes of the third degree. They are due to appear in court on February 12th.

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