Delco ex-councilman admits stealing $3 million from company

Posted: July 16, 2014

A former councilman in Collingdale Borough pleaded guilty Monday to stealing nearly $3 million from his former employer to fuel a gambling habit.

James S. Bryan, 45, resigned his seat in October after more than 20 years of service when the allegations surfaced.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of forgery and one count of theft before Delaware County Court Judge Mary Alice Brennan. He will be sentenced in October, according to court documents.

Over 11 years, Bryan regularly stole money from Wescott Electric Co. in Aston, where he worked as a project manager. He was terminated in July 2013.

According to prosecutors, Bryan would cash checks generated for fraudulent invoices and use the money to buy copper wires, selling the copper as scrap for cash.

Bryan visited Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester two to three times a week and spent up to $2,000 a visit, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. He also bought lottery tickets with the cash.


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