Woman charged with embezzling $225,000 from employer


LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – A Fredericksburg woman is accused of embezzling more than $255,000 from her employer.

Kelly M. Whitman-Bower, 40, was the executive officer of the Lebanon County Association of Realtors when she embezzled funds between January 2017 and January 2019, the Lebanon County Detective Bureau said in a news release.

Authorities said Whitman-Bower overpaid $69,625 in wages to herself, issued $101,162 in unauthorized checks to herself, and issued $1,250 in unauthorized checks to her family members.

Whitman-Bower also used the association’s credit card to pay for vacations, wedding expenses, hairdressings, and purchases at department and grocery stores, the detective bureau stated.

Authorities allege Whitman-Bower made false entries in the association’s record keeping system to conceal her conduct. She is accused of stealing $255,851.41.

Whitman-Bower surrendered to authorities on Monday. She is charged with felony counts of theft by unlaw taking, theft by deception, and access device fraud.

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