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Ex-employee stole $1.2M from charity, feds say

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A former employee has been indicted on charges she defrauded the Bon-Ton Stores Foundation of more than $1.2 million.

Christine S. DeJuliis, 51, of Felton, was charged Wednesday in a six-count indictment handed up by federal grand jury in Harrisburg, according to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

DeJuliis worked in an administrative capacity for the head of the Bon-Ton Stores Foundation, a charitable organization established by Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The grand jury found that as early as January 2003 until July 2009, she created fictitious businesses and devised a scheme where the foundation appeared to award grants to the businesses, Smith said.

The grant money was put into the fictitious accounts controlled by DeJuliis, who had the money taken out of the accounts and placed into her personal accounts, Smith said.

DeJuliis was fired from the foundation when her conduct was discovered by the company in July 2009, according to Smith.

She has been charged with five counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.

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