House arrest for ex-Delco official charged in $3 million theft.

Posted: February 01, 2014

COLLINGDALE A former Collingdale councilman accused of stealing almost $3 million from his former employer to feed a gambling habit has been placed under house arrest.

James Bryan, 45, was arraigned Wednesday night on charges of theft and forgery. Over several years, he frequented Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester two or three times a week and spent up to $2,000 per visit, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

In addition to Bryan's gambling addiction, medical and family issues also were motives in the thefts, said Michael Diamondstein, his attorney.

The investigation began in July, when officials were notified by Wescott Electric, Bryan's former employer, of fraudulent charges.

Bryan was terminated from Wescott on July 1, and resigned his council seat in October after the allegations surfaced.


cmindock@phillynews.com

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