Pa. senator's wife faces trial on theft charges

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The wife of a Beaver County state senator will stand trial on charges she stole from a nonprofit agency funded by state grants and charities.

Sixty-eight-year-old Darla LaValle has waived her right to a preliminary hearing on charges that she illegally inflated her salary and pension benefits. State prosecutors have dropped two theft by deception counts accusing her of wrongly taking pension benefits from other employees.

State prosecutors say the alleged thefts cost the Voluntary Action Center in Rochester more than $47,000 she repaid after resigning as executive director last year. The center, which helped low-income people find jobs and other assistance, closed after Ms. LaValle was charged last month.

Her attorneys have declined comment.

She is married to Sen. Gerald LaValle, D-Beaver, who is not seeking re-election.


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