Former Delaware County Register of Wills staffer charged with theft

Former Delaware County employee Christine Trout has been charged with taking about $160,000 in funds from the Register of Wills cash box.
Former Delaware County employee Christine Trout has been charged with taking about $160,000 in funds from the Register of Wills cash box.
Posted: January 20, 2013

A former Delaware County employee has been charged with stealing more than $160,000 from the Register of Wills office over six years.

Christine Trout, 52, of Glenolden, a 32-year employee, surrendered to detectives Friday, District Attorney Jack Whelan said. She was arraigned and released on bail.

Trout was charged with numerous felony counts of theft, receiving stolen property, unlawful use of a computer, and related crimes, according to court documents.

Efforts to reach Trout and her attorney Friday were not successful.

In November, Trout was fired as deputy director of the Register of Wills office when the thefts were uncovered during an independent internal audit. She initially told detectives she had taken about $30,000 over several years.

Whelan said the thefts went back to 2007, when Trout took $6,700 and continued until November, when $52,000 was discovered missing.

According to court records, Trout was responsible for filing the daily financial activities of the office. If cash was attached to a transaction, she would pocket the money and void the transaction in the computer, according to the court documents. She would also void completed transactions and take cash that had been paid but not deposited, the documents allege.

Whelan said that Trout was bonded and that insurance would cover the missing money. He also said that she probably would be ordered to pay restitution and that the county might go after her pension.

"It is very disappointing when a long-term employee does this," Whelan said.


Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-8111, mschaefer@phillynews.com, or follow @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

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