NORTHUMBERLAND — Dawn Williams, who Tuesday stepped into the Sewer Authority job Cindy Lark used to siphon hundreds of thousands of rate payers' dollars to her own stash, stepped out of the job the same day when it was revealed she is making court-supervised payments for a $5,000 bad check.

Williams, 41, wrote the check in 2008 to the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union.

The case is in the court of District Judge Barbara Pianka in Dauphin County. Pianka's office supervisor said the next hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 15. The case is being continued as long as payments are made.

Williams was "on the clock" at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Northumberland Borough office, in the words of Borough Councilwoman Judith Groninger, who was in the building at the time.

Groninger said Williams was too busy working with Ann August to be interrupted. August is the borough clerk who discovered Lark's forgeries and deceptions as office manager that facilitated thefts amounting to nearly $300,000 in the past five years. The total amount of thefts may reach $450,000, according to Sewer Authority Board President Jack Fasold.

At 4 p.m., Williams left the office and declined to state to a reporter where she had worked before. She was hired after an executive session of the Sewer Authority Board Monday afternoon. The board did not have her resume to present to the public meeting.

Williams also denied writing a check for $5,000 with insufficient funds. When told it was a matter of public record, she said: "It's being taken care of."

"I was scammed," she added. She declined to explain.

She said the authority has now made it impossible to do what Lark had done.

At about 5:30 p.m., The Daily Item was notified by Williams that she will not continue in the job.

Fasold said earlier Tuesday that he did not know about the bad check court case before Williams was hired.

If he had, he said, "We probably would have done further checking."

He pointed out that the employee for the position is on probation for 60 days.

"If we find something wrong, we won't keep her," he said.

The board chose from 61 applicants. None of the applications or resumes were made public.

"The public don't select her," Fasold said.

Point Township Supervisor Montie Peters said Williams worked for him as a secretary about 20 years ago, for about four or five years.

"She was a good employee," he said. "Stellar."

"Whoever steps into Cindy Lark's job is going to be under a magnifying glass," Peters said. "They're not going to get away with breathing wrong."

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