Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pennsylvania Municipal Utility Worker Sentenced In $475K Embezzlement Case

Cynthia Jo Lark, 48, of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for embezzling nearly $475,000 from the Northumberland Sewer Authority where she had been employed as a bookkeeper. According to authorities, Lark forged the names of the utility's president and treasurer to execute payroll checks for herself. She then created a false audit to cover up the thefts. Lark, who was originally charged in March plead guilty to theft by deception and forgery charges this past June. As part of the sentencing, Lark was also ordered to pay full restitution of $474,907. We note that Lark is a former Northumberland Borough Council member. Lark had been employed by the utility since 1994. Authorities believe that in 2000 or 2001, Lark began her embezzlement scheme which lasted about 9 years until the beginning of 2010.

Read the story here, here, and here.

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