Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Embezzling $389K From Municipality - Blames Mental Health Issues & Gambling Problem

Nancy J. Brown, 63, of Springfield Township, Pennsylvania, has been charged with embezzling $389,000 from the township where she had served as municipal secretary.  Brown sought treatment for mental health issues and an apparent gambling problem in lieu of a trial.  However, the court rejected the plea.  Brown allegedly wrote more than 800 checks to herself from municipal payroll account coffers over a period of about 8 years, from 2002 until June 2010.  She has been charged with 11 felonies, including one count each of forgery and receiving stolen property, and nine counts of theft by unlawful taking.  Brown was reportedly fired from her municipal position in June 2010 after the financial discrepancies came to light.

Read the story here and here.

Update (7/5/11): Brown pleaded guilty today to nine counts of theft by unlawful taking for embezzling some $389,000 from Springfield Township, where she had served as municipal secretary.  Brown, who was a 19 year veteran employee of the municipality, reportedly spent much of the ill-gotten gains at various casinos.

Update (8/17/11): Brown was sentenced to 6 to 18 years in prison. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What bothers me is township officials didn't want to prosecute-why.