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April 15, 1993 | By Steve Boman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Suffering from serious health problems, former social studies teacher Allan S. Per was sentenced yesterday to two years' probation and 500 hours of community service for his conviction on charges of embezzling $14,000 from Bensalem's Adult Evening School program. Looking gaunt as he sat in a chair during sentencing, Per addressed Bucks County Judge Edward G. Biester Jr. in a soft voice. "I just want to express my extreme remorse for this horrible situation," said Per, 52. "I have to bear this the rest of my life, and I'm terribly sorry.
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July 7, 2011 | Associated Press
WILMINGTON - A priest has pleaded guilty to felony theft after being charged with embezzling more than $350,000 from two parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. The Rev. Cornelius Breslin, 59, entered the plea Wednesday in New Castle County Superior Court. Breslin pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft over $100,000. He is to be sentenced Sept. 23.
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June 19, 1996 | By Lola Smallwood, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Bernard F. Grassi, manager of Tauder West Collision at 1056 N. Schuylkill Rd., has been charged with embezzling more than $68,000 from the company, owned by Tauder Ford, over the last six months. Police said Grassi, 46, of Broomall, confessed that he took checks and cash paid by customers for repairs and deposited the funds into his personal accounts. The embezzlement began in December and continued until May, police said. According to a police affidavit, Grassi had customers sign the back of their checks, then he would co-endorse them before depositing them into his account.
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April 5, 1991 | By L. Stuart Ditzen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $184,000 from a drug clinic he operated in West Philadelphia was sentenced yesterday to 30 months in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Kelly imposed the sentence on Eric Ward, 37, former executive director of Parkside Human Services & Associates and a former officer of a mayoral drug commission. Kelly also ordered Ward, of Roxborough, to make full restitution to Parkside. The agency, using city and federal grants, operates a methadone clinic in the 4900 block of Parkside Avenue.
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April 2, 1998 | By Juan C. Rodriguez, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In what police are calling the largest embezzlement case in Franklin Township history, a long-time office manager has surrendered in a $700,000 theft. Maryann Mizenis, the office manager of G & G Communications, a short-wave radio communications company in Franklinville, turned herself in to police Monday - three days after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Mizenis, 53, was in charge of the company's accounting ledgers for 25 years. She surrendered at the township police station to avoid being arrested at home, said her lawyer, Jack Zappacosta.
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January 9, 1992 | By Timothy Cornell, Special to The Inquirer
As second-in-command at West Chester Electric & Electronics, Robert T. Aughe watched bitterly as the company's business soared, and his own salary remained stuck at about $100,000. So he decided to do a little profit-sharing of his own, according to court testimony Tuesday, and over three years socked away close to $450,000 in a dummy bank account. On Tuesday, Aughe was in the criminal's dock, choking back tears as he stepped up to plead with Judge Charles Smith not to send him to jail for the crime to which he had confessed.
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December 28, 1987 | By Denise-Marie Santiago and Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
Michael J. Dougherty, the Atlantic County treasurer accused Saturday of embezzling $75,000 in public funds, may have taken thousands more to pay off gambling debts, sources close to the investigation said yesterday. "Many, many, many checks," totaling at least $150,000, were involved in the alleged embezzlement, said one source, who asked not to be named. The source said Dougherty had a "very serious gambling problem. " Dougherty, 45, of Margate, who is also president of a statewide treasurers association, was arrested about 3 p.m. Saturday in the office of county Prosecutor Jeffrey Blitz.
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November 14, 1991 | By Peter Finn, Special to The Inquirer
The former general manager of an employee credit union pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to embezzling $200,000 from the Vineland-based institution, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Mary Giacalone, 39, of East Chestnut Avenue in Vineland, made fictitious deposits into various accounts, then withdrew the "deposited" money from the Progresso Federal Credit Union between May 1987 and March 1988, authorities said. Giacalone, who left the credit union in mid-1988, also issued money orders for personal and business expenses without paying for them and, on occasion, allegedly stole the daily cash and check receipts.
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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families is reportedly under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reported bought a 14th-century castle in Umbria at an artficially low price with the intention of reselling it for a profit a full market value. "The alleged scam would have netted a profit" of about $4.4 million, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
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May 31, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia this year, is under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reportedly bought the 14th-century San Girolamo castle in Umbria, Italy, at an artificially low price with the intention of reselling it at market value. "The alleged scam" would have netted a profit of about $4.4 million, the London newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
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September 13, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is investigating the embezzlement of $210,000 from the region's publicly funded marketing agency and, in the process, reviewing how the agency dealt with the matter when it was uncovered two years ago. The money had been used to pay for personal purchases by Visit Philadelphia's chief financial officer, Joyce Levitt, who was permitted to resign rather than face criminal charges when she made restitution....
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April 30, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CHESTER A West Chester woman has been charged with embezzling more than $1 million from her employer by making payments to a bogus company she set up under her daughter's name, the Chester County District Attorney's Office said Monday. Joyce Hawkins, who was paid a salary of more than $200,000 at Berwyn-based ModSpace, used the stolen money to help support a lavish lifestyle, including a vacation home on the Eastern Shore and a recent trip to Puerto Rico, officials said. "It seemed like she could get away with it," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said.
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January 12, 2014 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked a federal judge to revoke West Philadelphia charter school chief executive Masai Skief's bail on grounds that he is continuing to steal money from the charter - even as he awaits sentencing for embezzlement. In August, Skief, 32, the son of the late founder of the Harambee Institute of Science Technology Charter School, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud in connection with embezzling $88,000 from the charter and the related nonprofit, Harambee Institute.
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October 25, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former executive of a Chester County gift company has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from his employers and using the money for lavish purchases, including $48,000 on concert tickets and a reception with the Dave Matthews Band, the district attorney said Wednesday. Guido la Vella of Gilbertsville is accused of stealing from Taylor Gifts Inc., a direct-order company based in Tredyffrin Township, while he was the company's chief financial officer from October 2009 until May 2013.
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August 30, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JUST WHEN the Delaware County embezzlement craze seemed to be dying down . . . the taxman cometh. Robert Park, the longtime tax collector for Aldan Borough (pop. 4,155) and the cash-strapped William Penn School District, was charged yesterday with diverting $1.3 million in public funds into investment accounts - which he then lost in the stock market. "He was gambling, but in a different fashion: He would day trade and lose substantial amounts of money," Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.
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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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May 14, 2013 | By Ted Sherman And Kelly Heyboer, THE STAR-LEDGER OF NEWARK
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - After an office manager for New Jersey City University admitted embezzling $486,000 in student funds three years ago, the U.S. Department of Education began auditing the use of all federal money by the state college. It soon discovered that $608,766 in federally subsidized loans and grant money had been improperly awarded by the school - in some cases to students who flunked out or never showed up to class, making them ineligible for financial assistance. An examination of federal Department of Education records by The Star-Ledger of Newark shows that NJCU was not the only state college in New Jersey cited for giving too much money to students who were either ineligible for the aid or whose financial need was overestimated.
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April 5, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nepotism was hardwired into the culture. The company was family, every wedding, birth, confirmation, and graduation a cause for shared celebration. That was Sho-Aids, in Sharon Hill, in southeastern Delaware County, where loyalty is a staple of corporate life. Andrew Codamo Sr., the chief executive officer, bought the New York trade-show service company in 1960, expanded it, and moved it to Pennsylvania. Three of his relatives work there. Then a trusted payroll clerk, Laura Rogers-Fischer, was found to have cleverly embezzled $600,000 over six years.
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