- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) - A former county conservation district employee in northeastern Pennsylvania is agreeing to plead guilty to a theft charge stemming from allegations she stole $450,000 from the organization.

Virginia Kunigonis will plead guilty to one count of theft from programs receiving federal funds. That’s according to a plea agreement filed Thursday in federal court in Harrisburg.

The Standard-Speaker of Hazleton reports (https://bit.ly/1GaRGAr ) that the plea agreement was filed with court papers charging Kunigonis.

Federal prosecutors say 53-year-old former fiscal technician with the Schuylkill Conservation District will repay the money she embezzled over 6½ years, through May 2014.

Prosecutors said Kunigonis forged 437 district checks for $410,000 and used a district credit card to charge another nearly $42,000.

Police say Kunigonis used it to pay credit card bills and pay for trips.

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Information from: Standard-Speaker, https://www.standardspeaker.com


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