A bookkeeper for a Delaware County contracting company stole $853,000 from her employers to pay bills and fund a lavish lifestyle, authorities said.
Ruth Phillips, 54, charged with theft, forgery and other offenses, turned herself in to Delaware County authorities Thursday morning.
Phillips, of Aston, was a family friend of brothers John and Vince D'Annunzio, owners of Pop Tuna Builders, an Aston company specializing in new homes. The brothers hired her in 2005 to do the bookkeeping, according to an affidavit filed by Delaware County authorities.
In recent months, the brothers became concerned about the amount of money in the company checking account, the affidavit said, and when they reviewed the account they noticed two suspicious $5,000 checks: one made out to Phillips, and the other to the Chase credit card company.