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Ex-HACC VP charged with stealing $228K

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A former vice president at Harrisburg Area Community College has been charged with stealing more than $228,000 in school funds.

Nancy Rockey, 54, of Harrisburg, allegedly filled out expense reports for the purchase of large amounts of text books that never appeared in the college bookstore and were never distributed to faculty or staff, according to charging documents.

Rockey allegedly used the money to pay her electricity and phone bills and for other personal expenses, documents state.

Rockey was employed at the college for 31 years and held several faculty and administrative positions, including vice president of college and community development, before she was terminated earlier this year.

According to charging documents, she was confronted about a $4,000 personal expense on her HACC-issued credit card in February and agreed to reimburse the college, which she did, but additional expenditures were discovered in the following days.

Resulting audits eventually uncovered fraudulent charges and purchases dating back to 2007, and Rockey admitted to the allegations during an interview last month, documents state.

She was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking and released on $250,000 unsecured bail. She has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.

HACC president John Sygielski said the college has cooperated fully with the investigation.

He said the college has since put additional checks and balances into place for the use of HACC-issued credit cards.

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