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Town employees arrested on embezzlement charges

Readers in Pittsburgh may be interested to hear about the arrest of a married couple in another state on suspicion of embezzling from the town they worked for. The spouses were arrested on Nov. 20 and accused of using thousands of dollars of municipal funds for personal purchases. Each suspect was released on $25,000 bail on the white collar charges.

The couple worked as emergency medical technicians for the town in which they lived. The wife also served as town clerk. They were the first responders to a 2009 car accident that involved their 16-year-old daughter. The daughter died in the accident and the couple went on leave. Prosecutors say that town officials began looking into financial records and claimed there were irregularities in paychecks, timecards and credit cards and PayPal accounts taken out in the town's name.

Among their alleged practices was for the husband to charge the city for hours worked when he was out of town and took multiple salaries. The claims were "knowingly received" and processed by the wife, the affidavit contends.

The amount of money the couple is accused of taking is not clear. According to the arrest affidavit, the couple used the money to purchase several items. Several guns, ammunition, other weapons, a television and a digital camera belonging to the suspects were purchased with municipal funds, prosecutors claim.

It is also unclear why the investigation lasted since 2009. At one point, a news article said, the town council presented its suspicions to the accused woman and she paid the city a little under $3,000.

Source: The Oklahoman, "Oklahoma couple charged with embezzlement from town's funds," Megan Rolland, Nov. 26, 2012

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