Felony Charges Filed Against Woman Accused of Theft of Over $170,000 From Township

| May 22, 2020

MERCER CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Mercer County woman is facing felony charges for the alleged theft of over $170,000.00 from Jackson Township.

According to the Pennsylvania State Police Erie Organized Crime Unit, 71-year-old Linda Lou Baun, of Jackson Township, Mercer County, committed numerous thefts against Jackson Township between the years of 2011 and 2019 while employed by the township.

Police say Baun conducted numerous ATM cash withdrawals in excess of $170,000.00 while utilizing a debit card that was issued to her by Jackson Township.

Along with the ATM cash withdrawals, numerous unauthorized point of sale transactions were also allegedly conducted in excess of $3,000.

According to police, Baun also falsified the Jackson Township journal to conceal her withdrawals and purchases in an attempt to deceive the supervisors and the township.

Baun was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge D. Neil McEwen at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, on the following charges:

– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Felony 2
– Theft By Deception-Fail To Correct, Felony 2
– Theft By Fail To Make Required Disposition Funds, Felony 2
– Other Reason Access Device Is Unauthorized By Issuer, Felony 3
– Tamper Records Or Id-Writing, Misdemeanor 1
– Misapply Entrusted/Government/Financial Institution Property, Misdemeanor 2

She remains free after being released on her own recognizance.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 15, with Judge McEwen presiding.

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