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More Than a Million Dollars Pocketed

ON FRIDAY MORNING AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL walked into the U. S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and pleaded guilty to charges that she had embezzled more than $1 million from a volunteer ambulance squad.  Following her plea, she next went to the superintendent of the school board that employed her and resigned abruptly, catching him by surprise.  Previous to that day her school board had known nothing of her indictment that had been handed down on December 23.

Thea Tafner, was the former ambulance committee chairwoman of American Hose and Chemical Fire Company in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, and according to the documents filed with her indictment, between October 2000 and March 2010, she “knowingly and willfully embezzled, stole and otherwise without authority converted to her use and intentionally misapplied moneys, funds, securities, premiums, credits, property and other assets of a health care benefit program” and “converted to her use Medicare payments in excess of $1 million” and “less than $2.5 million.”

Her primary task was to oversee the VFD’s contracts with the EMS providers that were used to operate the ambulance service for American Hose and Chemical.  However, because of her machinations there was a constant turnover of providers and the serious deterioration of service caused the fire department to get out of the ambulance service completely in March 2010.

The Shamokin News Item has the complete report on this latest action HERE.

Firegeezer notes that her plea bargain agreement includes all of her personal assets be made available to help pay restitution for her thievery except for her school board pension fund, thus preserving her retirement benefits.  Do you think somebody who stole over a million dollars from the VFD should be guaranteed her pension?

Hat tip:  Carmine S.

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  • B.Morgan

    I have seen this happen many many times not just reported on the Geezer page but going back 40 plus years in the military, governmental agencies charities, churches, VFW, fire departments and on. For a while I supervisied an operation with over a millon dollars mostly in small change cash collected each year and I had problems there. I established a strict accounting system for every last penny including the “slush” fund. Both underages and overages were required to be documented at once with no delays along with announced and unannounced audits. Well people complained about the details but I rewarded ones who followed the rules. We had a couple of people who tried to steal and I had them arrested, charged and convicted demanding the courts give jail time. One was a long time trusted employee caught with a pocket full of marked bills.

    Rules to Follow:
    Follow established accounting proceadures.
    Use an outside audit source.
    Trust no one, not even yourself and allways handle money matters with three unrelated people involved.
    Keep up to date on all funds comming in and going out.
    If you sense something is wrong and theft or irregular events are occuring call in an outside investigator at once.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FCGKXV5CFO6X2VDWBBT52L77YU PaHistoryBuff

    I can’t believe this woman gets to keep her pension! I live in Dalmatia and have been talking with a few parents, they told me there has been some issues with grant money for special programs at the schools. I was also told that she likes to keep smart people away from her at the schools, she knew they could see through her. If she hid her crimes for almost 10 years, what would keep her from dipping in the schools funds if she had the chance? She obviously knows how to cook the books. My prediction is that they will find money missing at the schools, whether it be missing grant money or through the renovations at Treverton. Who wants to bet that she only gets 12-18 months prison? Here is your pension, now don’t do it again! Ugh…Makes me sick!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FCGKXV5CFO6X2VDWBBT52L77YU PaHistoryBuff

    I can’t believe this woman gets to keep her pension! I live in Dalmatia and have been talking with a few parents, they told me there has been some issues with grant money for special programs at the schools. I was also told that she likes to keep smart people away from her at the schools, she knew they could see through her. If she hid her crimes for almost 10 years, what would keep her from dipping in the schools funds if she had the chance? She obviously knows how to cook the books. My prediction is that they will find money missing at the schools, whether it be missing grant money or through the renovations at Treverton. Who wants to bet that she only gets 12-18 months prison? Here is your pension, now don’t do it again! Ugh…Makes me sick!

    • Getuback

      this is outrageous……………there is no way this woman spent 2 million on herself…..relatives? friends?……………someone out there was enjoying this money and they are out there somewhere? let’s hope they can’t sleep at night.

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