4th person charged in Sheriff's Office fraud

Posted: October 03, 2012

A WEST Philadelphia man was charged Monday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in connection with a scheme to defraud the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said Paul Roane, 40, agreed to receive a bogus $21,673 check in September 2009, made payable to him on the bank account of the Sheriff's Office. Roane, the fourth defendant charged in the case, allegedly deposited the check into his bank account, withdrew the proceeds and shared the money with his co-conspirators, including Richard Bell. Bell, who worked in the accounting department of the Sheriff's Office from 2005 to November 2011, and two others, pleaded guilty in the case in January. Bell is to be sentenced Oct. 15.

- Michael Hinkelman

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