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Officials: County court clerk stole $43K in legal fees

December 21, 2018

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say a former court clerk stole $43,000 from a county office.

The Times News reports 60-year-old William McGinley was charged Friday in District Court in Jim Thorpe with multiple offenses including theft by unlawful taking-movable property, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

Authorities say the Jim Thorpe man stole funds from bail money and prison booking fees while working as a Carbon County Clerk of Courts. McGinley retired on May 1 after serving 28 years. Officials say McGinley told special agents on Dec. 3 that he had used stolen funds to gamble on poker machines.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office investigated the case.

Judge Eric Schrantz set McGinley’s bail at $50,000.

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Information from: Times News, http://www.tnonline.com

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