Hearing aid salesman pleads not guilty to King County theft charges

Oregon hearing aid salesman Roy James Taber was arraigned in King County Superior Court Wednesday on two counts of second degree theft.

The King County Prosecutor says the Portland area man used his position of trust as part of a scheme to sell two hearing aids to 85-year old Norma Anderson back in February.

As first reported on KOMO 4 News October 15, Anderson says after paying nearly $2,800 dollars she discovered the hearing aids didn't work. Anderson called Bellevue police when she had trouble getting her money back.

Bellevue police told KOMO 4 News they discovered the hearing aids that were sold to Anderson as brand new, were actually used, refurbished hearing aids worth far less than Norma paid.

Norma's story now has customers in the Portland area coming forward with similar complaints about Taber but for now, local prosecutors say Taber only faces charges in King County.

At his arraignment Wednesday he pled "not guilty". Taber was released to return to Oregon but must be back in court December 12th for the first of several hearings designed to lay out all the facts and options in the case- which ultimately could include a trial.