Former Montgomery County law library director charged with theft

A Montgomery County audit led to the former director of the Law Library being taken into custody recently. The Montgomery County Detective Bureau conducted an investigation that showed that, during the past three years, the former law library director had allegedly utilized $4,000 of taxpayer funds to buy several items for his staff and himself. This information was according to the Montgomery County D.A.

Alleged irregularities were uncovered during an audit that was released by the Montgomery County Controller. The Controller reported feeling that those irregularities, which allegedly showed taxpayer total funds in the amount of $30,000 had been misused, amounted to criminal activity. The law library's bookkeeper was also charged with theft two months ago for allegedly buying personal items with library funds.

The Montgomery County Detective Bureau's further investigation confirmed that the former director had spent taxpayer funds for the purchase of 50 items totaling $4,830.94. Those items included printers, computers, laptops and additional electronic equipment for his law library staff, as well as for his own personal use. A search of his home this month uncovered a Monster Digital Power Center, an all-in-one HP touch screen computer and office jet printer. All of the equipment was allegedly bought at Staples with library funds.

The 62-year-old man, who retired as director last December, was charged with theft by failing to make requisite disposition of funds, theft by taking unlawfully, as well as conspiracy and other interrelated charges. After his arraignment by the Magisterial District Judge, bail was set at $20,000 unsecured.

Whether a theft charge is related to misappropriation of funds, shoplifting, receiving stolen property, theft by deception, fraud or another theft and property crime in Montgomery County, a seasoned defense lawyer could help the accused to defend their rights and build a strong defense.

Source: Howell Patch, "Howell Resident Faces Pennsylvania Theft Charges", Brittany Tressler, August 20, 2013

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