Investigators in Troy, Pennsylvania, found evidence of embezzlement after an accounts payable audit revealed more than $100,000 had been stolen from Martha Lloyd Community Services by an ex-employee.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania charged Joanne Beers with embezzlement and theft after it was revealed that she took approximately $100,246 from the nonprofit healthcare organization. Beers agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a plea agreement, under the conditions of which she will have to pay back the full amount in restitution as well as serve a minimum of 18 months in prison.
Prosecutors allege that Beers embezzled the funds by taking money directly from the company's accounts, as well as processing paychecks that belonged to disabled residents within the facility. She used this money to purchase personal items, including cigarettes and gasoline. Beers is also accused of using credit cards belonging to Martha Lloyd Community Services to make unauthorized payments for food, electronics, furniture and salon visits. Additionally, the AP audit discovered that Beers had created false entries and invoices for the company's financial records in order to cover the illegal activity.
Since Martha Lloyd Community Services receives funding through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Beers is facing federal charges. In the plea deal, she waived a grand jury indictment but could still face up to 10 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine.
Martha Lloyd Community Services has several locations throughout Pennsylvania and provides services and residential facilities for mentally and developmentally disabled individuals. The organization has been operating for more than 80 years and maintains strong ties with local communities.