Former secretary accused of stealing more than $30,000 from Versailles

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A former Versailles secretary was arraigned today on charges that she stole more than $30,000 from the borough.

Jennifer Richards, 31, was released on $5,000 unsecured bond after she was arraigned before District Judge Thomas Miller.

Ms. Richards began working as a secretary for Versailles in October 2012 and was fired in December 2013 "due to her failure to show up for work and her lack of work," according to a criminal complaint.

When she left, another borough employee was asked to reconcile the books and discovered a discrepancy of at least $15,000 involving the borough's general fund, a detective wrote.

In building their case against Ms. Richards, officials pointed to 22 unauthorized purchases and 10 ATM withdrawals for which they could not find documentation, four unauthorized payroll checks written to Ms. Richards, 12 altered checks, and seven additional checks written to Ms. Richards.

An attorney for Ms. Richards declined comment.

First Published July 8, 2014 12:00 AM

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