Former county official charged with $43K theft


A former elected official is accused of stealing more than $43,000 in bail money posted on criminal cases and fingerprint fees submitted to his county office.

William McGinley, 60, of Lehighton, was clerk of courts for Carbon County when he stole the money from September 2013 through March 2018, the state attorney general’s office said.

Prosecutors say $30,000 in bail and $12,955 in fingerprint fees were collected at the county prison and submitted to the clerk of courts office, but the money was never recorded and it wasn’t deposited into the office bank account.

McGinley is facing multiple charges of theft, receiving stolen property, tampering with public records and related crimes. He abruptly resigned from his position in May.

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