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Former service manager accused of defrauding Chevy dealership

AVON PARK-The former service manager of Witham Chevrolet is accused of doctoring work order receipts paid in cash for auto repair work done there and pocketing the difference, a Highlands County Sheriff's Office report states.

Ken Littlefield, 44, of 1940 Brunns Road, Sebring, is accused of grand theft and fraud swindling from September 2013 through Feb. 28, authorities say.

The dealership, 601 U.S. 27 N., Avon Park, is owned by Michael Witham and Alan Jay Wildstein, the report states.

Witnesses who work for the company told the sheriff's office they found discrepancies in 36 repairs where a second receipt was made for a lesser amount and no explanation was given why that was done, authorities say.

Littlefield allegedly gave $3,798 less to the dealership, and 35 of these service jobs were for misdemeanor amounts less than $300 and one for a felony amount of $325.93, the report adds.

In a "controlled" interview where one of the employees' offices were equipped with video and audio recording devices, Littlefield allegedly stated he had hurt his shoulder and had put off having surgery, because of which doctors had cut him off of pain medications, the report states.

He reportedly said the alleged thefts were to pay for his "prescription pill addiction," the report says. Authorities contacted "several" of the 36 witnesses who paid cash for the work who told them they did not get any discounts or rebates and paid the original amount, the report states.