- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The former chief financial officer of the Philadelphia-area tourism bureau has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the organization.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1T96j2A ) reports that 61-year-old Joyce Levitt will spend three years on probation after pleading guilty Wednesday to theft, receiving stolen property and fraud. Officials say Levitt will also have to perform 50 hours of community service and must give up her accounting license.

A grand jury investigation concluded that Levitt embezzled funds from Visit Philadelphia by charging personal expenses on her corporate credit card and using the nonprofit’s checks to pay her bills, including $19,000 in restaurant meals, $4,100 for skin care and $1,500 for furs.

Prosecutors began investigating after news reports indicated that Levitt had been allowed to quietly resign in 2012 and pay restitution.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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