Pennsylvania councilman accused of taking millions

Police have arrested a former Collingdale council member who they believe stole millions of dollars from his employer. The council member allegedly took $2.9 million from Wescott Electric in Aston where he had been working as a project manager. Authorities say that some of the money financed Bryan's gambling at a Pennsylvania casino, and the rest may have paid for a large number of lottery tickets.

The man surrendered to authorities from the Delaware County Investigation Division and was later charged with several counts, including theft by deception and forgery. A judge set bail at $500,000. The former council member will be require to have electronic home monitoring. Authorities claim that the former council member began his theft crimes five or six years ago. Police had been conducting an on-going investigation into his activities. They say that they found that he had made transactions between his bank account and Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester.

The former council member was first elected to Collingdale Borough Council in 1994. For close to 13 years, he was a chair of Collingdale's finance committee, and he spent time as the Collingdale Republican Party's finance chairman. He resigned from his position on the council in October of 2013, shortly before police announced their investigation. At the time, he had also been running for as a magisterial district judge in the borough but withdrew before the November election.

Theft crimes may include shoplifting, fraud, crimes against property, and grand theft auto, and these charges can lead to a criminal record. Misdemeanor charges of theft may lead to fines and short jail sentences. If someone has been charged with a theft-related felony, the accusations can have stiffer penalties, including years in prison. A lawyer knowledgeable about criminal charges can fully assess someone's case in order to build a defense.

Source: The Delaware County Daily Times, "Cops: Former Collingdale councilman allegedly gambled away $2.9 million of employer's money", Rose Quinn, January 29, 2014

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