HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday the filing of theft charges against a state worker from McAlisterville.
Investigators say Marylinda Freyermuth stole more than $15,000 in state money, and spent it on herself and her family.
Kane said Freyermuth has been suspended from her job.
Kane said Freyermuth is a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employee working at the Bald Eagle State Forest office located in Laurelton, Union County. In that capacity, she collected money from people for wood and stone permits.
She was supposed to turn the funds over to the state, but investigators say instead she pocketed the money. In this way, investigators say, she stole more than $12,000 in cash that she had collected for the permits, documents indicate.
In addition, Freyermuth used a state credit card to make $2,614.24 in purchases for herself and her family, according to investigators.
Freyermuth faces the following charges; one count of theft by failure to make required
disposition of funds received, one count of
theft by unlawful taking or disposition, one count access device fraud and one count of conflict of interest.
Freyermuth was arraigned in Union County and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 27.
The case will be prosecuted in Union County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.