Bedford warden's secretary takes more than $50,000, state police say

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The warden's secretary at Bedford County Prison stole more than $50,000 in cash since 2008, state police said.

Sheila J. Suter, 64, of Bedford was arrested today on a felony theft charge, according to court documents.

Warden David Kessling noticed that checks and money orders were being deposited, but not cash, state police said.

The money was received from "intakes" or incoming inmates and placed in a lock box. It was Ms. Suter's job to take the money from the box to the bank, where it was to be deposited into a Bedford County account at First National Bank, state police said.

State police said Bedford County was victimized, not intakes or inmates, as Ms. Suter would reimburse or credit inmates' accounts from the First National account.

In reviewing records, Warden Kessling discovered $50,060.68 was unaccounted for since the start of 2008, state police said.

When interviewed by state police, Ms. Suter said she had taken the cash.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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