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February 01, 2013

Ex-Foundation Aide Indicted for Alleged $1.2-Million Theft

A former employee of clothing-store chain Bon-Ton's philanthropic arm has been charged with stealing more than $1.2-million from the charity, says The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa.

Christine DeJuliis, 51, of Felton, Pa., was indicted by a federal grand jury on counts of mail fraud and money laundering. She was fired in July 2009 after 10 years as an aide to the Bon-Ton Stores Foundation's top administrator when company officials uncovered the alleged theft.

Prosecutors said Ms. DeJuliis embezzled the money from 2003 to 2009 by creating phony businesses and forwarding foundation grants to their accounts, which she controlled.