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Officials Accuse Convicted Embezzler of Probation Violations

December 12, 1991

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Federal prosecutors have accused a former business manager convicted of embezzling $2 million from the New Hope-Solebury School District of violating her parole.

Officials filed papers Wednesday in U.S. District Court alleging that Kathryn Hock, 49, has violated her parole by associating with a convicted felon and moving out of the Eastern District Court’s jurisdiction to New Jersey.

The allegations came in response to a Nov. 29 motion by Hock to modify the terms of her three-year probation, which she began serving several months ago after serving most of a 16-month prison sentence.

Hock requested to be allowed to live in Seaside Heights, N.J., and to maintain a personal relationship with Erwin J. Cooper, a convicted felon.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. Goldman noted in the court papers that Hock had moved to New Jersey without any advance notice to her probation officer.

Hock pleaded guilty in July 1989 to embezzling the money from the school district, where she had worked for 26 years. She maintained that she kept none of the money and funneled it to two California telemarketers who were blackmailing her.

The telemarketers, Marc and Teresa Suckman, pleaded guilty to blackmail and are serving prison terms.

No hearing has been set on the motions by Hock or the government, according to Goldman.

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