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March 1, 1990 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
A bookkeeper with a district magistrate's office has been charged with taking $5,134 from the district court office in Whitpain. Margaret Criswell, 30, of Eagleville, turned herself in to county detectives Feb. 20 and was charged with taking the cash from District Justice John S. Murray 3d's office, where she worked. Her arrest came after an investigation by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office and the county detective bureau over discrepancies in financial records.
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April 3, 1991 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County Sheriff's Department bookkeeper has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, contending she was denied a promotion to office manager because of racial and sexual discrimination. Valerie L. Stewart, 32, also contended "that she was subsequently retaliated against because she filed the complaint," the commission's regional director, Sandra Bacote, said yesterday. Stewart, who is black, is paid $19,149 a year in a job she has held since 1985.
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February 5, 1998 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
J. Elisabeth Schroeder Trupp, 84, a retired bookkeeper who was honored for her community service, died last Thursday at Dock Terrace, the medical facility of the Dock Woods retirement community in Towamencin Township, where she had resided for 11 years. She was named 1987 woman of the year by the North Penn chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, of which she was a 13-year member. She received a Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of the Four Chaplains and also had been recognized by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Montgomery County.
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April 4, 1989 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The former bookkeeper for the Lawyers Title Insurance Co., has admitted juggling the company's checking account so she could steal more than $18,000 between 1986 and last year. Jennifer Foden, 23, of Malvern Avenue near 64th Street, was placed on 10 years' probation and ordered to make full restitution by Common Pleas Judge Paul Silverstein, after she pleaded guilty to theft and forgery charges. Assistant District Attorney Denis Cohen said yesterday Foden forged 37 checks from the company's escrow account - 21 made payable to herself and the others "written out in the name of a company official, whose name was forged.
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March 8, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The bookkeeper kept more than the books while working for a Center City law firm. Joyce Johnson, 49, kept $70,799 that belonged to the firm of Deutsch, Larrimore & Farnish, said Assistant District Attorney Denis Cohen. Yesterday, Johnson, who pleaded guilty to theft by deception and 19 counts of forgery, was placed on four years' probation and ordered to serve 500 hours of community service. Johnson has already repaid $62,523.51 to the firm. Common Pleas Judge Lynn Bennett Hamlin ordered Johnson, formerly of Wayne, to keep paying the firm another $71,729.
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October 12, 1991 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
While the eight doctors operating three prenatal care practices were busy treating patients, their bookkeeper was performing surgery on their books, said the prosecutor. Kenneth G. Northam, 34, of Springfield Avenue near 47th Street, stole $48,000 during a one-year period ending in March 1989, said Assistant District Attorney William Heiman. Yesterday, Northam worked out a plea-bargain with the DA, and pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by unlawful taking in exchange for seven years' probation and an agreement to repay the stolen funds.
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October 24, 1991 | By Steve Edgcumbe, Special to The Inquirer
A Norristown woman was being held in Montgomery County prison awaiting a court date on charges that she stole more than $48,000 from her employer by forging company checks. Patricia Mary Milano, 33, a former secretary and bookkeeper at the construction firm of Allison Enterprises Inc. with offices at 216B W. Beidler Rd., King of Prussia, is accused of stealing 28 checks from the company between February and August, according to an Upper Merion Township Police report. Milano is accused of making out the checks to herself for a total of $48,290, according to the report.
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September 15, 2010
Sylvia Cohen Levin, 87, of Cherry Hill, a bookkeeper for her husband's architectural business and area hospitals, died of congestive heart failure on Saturday, Sept. 11, at her home. For several years, Mrs. Levin alternated from managing her husband's books to working as an accountant at the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and later at Cooper University Hospital, where she enjoyed helping patients figure out their bills, her family said. A member of Mothers for Peace during the later stages of the Vietnam War, Mrs. Levin was politically engaged and never missed voting on Election Day, said her son Jeffrey A. Levin.
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March 20, 1996 | By Julia C. Martinez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Collingdale bookkeeper was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 15 months in prison for embezzling more than $480,000 from her employer to support a gambling habit. Loretta Doyle, 44, pleaded guilty in December to bank fraud for stealing money from PLC Inc., an electrical, insulation and wire products company in Yeadon, over eight years. The firm, then run by three partners, hired Doyle in 1986 after she responded to a newspaper ad. "Almost immediately after being hired," she began to embezzle funds by forging the partners' signatures on checks and stealing payments sent to the company, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Zauzmer.
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April 22, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
A bookkeeper at an Atlantic City rolling chair company has admitted keeping a second set of books to cover up unreported cash siphoned from the business, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Monday. Abdus Mian, 66, of Atlantic City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to one count of making materially false statements to federal agents. Mian was the bookkeeper for Royal Rolling Chairs L.L.C., which operated on the Boardwalk, according to documents and statements in court.
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June 18, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Administrators at the Philadelphia and Horsham Veterans Affairs medical centers say their staff have not falsified appointment data to hide delays for patients, according to a local U.S. representative who met with them Monday. Instead, Rep. Patrick Meehan said, "incorrect bookkeeping" may have prompted the VA to include the two facilities in its nationwide investigation of wait-time delays. "They believe you will not see that there was any impropriety with regard to a cover-up or some kind of cooking the books," Meehan told reporters and a small group of veterans gathered outside the Horsham clinic, a plain building with blue awnings in an industrial park.
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August 17, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 20, 2013
Camden public officials apparently never learned that making the same mistake over and over again won't change the results. Their state overseers must have missed that lesson, too. For 15 years, the impoverished South Jersey city has been hiring the same politically connected auditing firm to review its books, including the more than seven years when it was run by the state. The relationship between Camden and Bowman & Co. was cited by the State Comptroller's Office in a 2008 report.
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July 4, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former bookkeeper of a South Jersey parish has been charged with stealing more than $245,000 from his employer. James Hess, 45, of Sicklerville, surrendered to Washington Township police Monday, authorities said Tuesday. He was charged with theft, falsifying records, and forgery. Hess was employed as the parish bookkeeper for St. Charles Borromeo Church in Washington Township for three years, said Peter Feuerherd, a spokesman for the Diocese of Camden. Hess posted $75,000 bail and was released.
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June 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former bookkeeper at Montgomery County's Law Library who allegedly used public money for personal expenses waived her preliminary hearing Friday. Judge Margaret Hunsicker transferred the case of Barbara Melnyk, 55, to Common Pleas Court, where the Norristown resident will be formally arraigned July 31. Melnyk was arrested at the courthouse June 14. Charges include theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy. She is free on $10,000 bail. The charges came after an audit from County Controller Stewart J. Greenleaf Jr. uncovered problems in Law Library accounts.
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March 14, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bookkeeper of the Warrington Community Ambulance Corps was charged Monday with stealing nearly $650,000 from the agency over several years to fund her trips to casinos, according to police records. Danette Lewchick, 56, of Jamison, the agency's financial secretary, systematically stole money between January 2008 and July 2012, the records say, by writing checks to herself and withdrawing money from the agency's bank accounts, often at ATMs within Parx Casino in Bensalem. The checks and withdrawals ranged from $600 to $25,000, records say. All told, the theft allegedly amounted to $642,741 over the course of about 41/2 years.
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February 22, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IF THERE'S going to be a best-picture upset on Oscar night, "Silver Linings Playbook" stands the best chance of being the surprise winner. That's what Oscar watchers say. Problem is, they add, there's not going to be an upset. "The short answer is no, it's not going to win. Sorry to disappoint all of the movie's Philly fans," said Benjamin Eckstein, oddsmaker at America's Line, a nationally syndicated odds service. "Right now, 'Argo' is the favorite, and it's a huge favorite, with "Lincoln" in second," said Eckstein, known to longtime Daily News readers as Vegas Vic. "Argo" is a prohibitive 1-to-5, "Lincoln" is 5-to-1.
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December 30, 2012
Pauline Brotman, 91, a former bookkeeper, died of complications from cancer Thursday, Dec. 27, at the Abramson Center, a care facility in Horsham. Mrs. Brotman was the matriarch of her family, noted for her work ethic and strength. She worked as a bookkeeper for several companies until age 88, her grandson Jeff Lubow said, and she routinely shoveled snow into her 80s. Lubow recalled a blizzard when Mrs. Brotman was in her 70s and determined to shovel her entire driveway in the Northeast so she could get to work the next day. "It was so important to her," Lubow said.
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January 19, 2012
Bernice B. Cherry Streets Dept. worker, 87 Bernice Bishop Cherry, 87, who worked for the Philadelphia Streets Department for 31 years, died Friday, Jan. 13, of pancreatic cancer at Kearsley, the West Philadelphia retirement community where she had lived for the last two years. For eight years in the 1950s, Mrs. Cherry and her husband, Earle Cherry Sr., owned the Oak Room, a restaurant at Broad and Master streets in North Philadelphia, said a niece, Joan Merritte. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Cherry graduated when she was 16 from William Penn High School and, during World War II, worked as a teenage riveter on warships at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
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