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Woman gets 5 years for $1.2M theft from charity - abc27 WHTM

Woman gets 5 years for $1.2M theft from charity

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York County woman will serve five years in a federal prison for stealing more than $1.3 million from the Bon-Ton Stores Foundation.

Christine S. DeJuliis, 53, of Felton, was also sentenced to three years of supervised release at the end of her prison term, and she must pay $1,376,885 in restitution to the foundation and $170,890 to the IRS, U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said Wednesday.

DeJuliis had pleaded guilty to mail fraud for stealing the money while she was employed as an assistant to the head of the foundation and to tax evasion charges for failing to pay taxes on the money she stole.

A federal grand jury found that DeJuliis devised a scheme where the foundation appeared to award grants to fictitious businesses she created, and between 2003 and 2009 she withdrew the money and placed it into her personal accounts.

 

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