Bryan was arrested yesterday for embezzling nearly $3 million - possibly significantly more - from Wescott over the last 11 years and blowing it on sports betting, scratch-off lottery tickets and at the card tables at Harrah's Philadelphia casino in Chester, authorities said.
"They took him as a teenager under their wing and they trusted him," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. "He was like part of the Wescott family, and he substantially and severely breached that trust."
Whelan said Bryan was able to drain millions from the Aston Township company since 2003 with a few fairly simple schemes. He allegedly wrote phony invoices and cashed the checks in Philadelphia, and bought huge spools of copper wire and sold it as scrap.
"He has cashed hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of checks," Whelan said. "He knew the weaknesses of the employer."
Bryan was charged with theft and forgery. Whelan said there is no evidence that he embezzled any public funds.
Bryan, a Republican, stepped down as Collingdale Council vice president in October and lost the judicial election in November. He declined to comment yesterday as detectives led him out of the Delaware County courthouse.
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