The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 16, 2013

State employee charged with pocketing $15,000 in permit fees

By Francis Scarcella

— MILLMONT — A state employee at the Bald Eagle State Park office in Union County has been charged with stealing more than $15,000 in state money.

Marylinda Freyermuth, an employee fo the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing funds from the office, where she collected money from people for wood and stone permits.

She was required to immediately turn the permit 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, state investigators said.

In addition, Freyermuth used a state credit card to make $2,614.24 in purchases for herself and her family, according to investigators.

She is charged with 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.

She was arraigned before District Justice Jeffrey Mensch in Mifflinburg and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 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.