- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HELLERTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A former Pennsylvania volunteer fire company treasurer is heading to trial on charges she stole more than $395,000 from the group.

Fifty-one-year-old Agnes Patterson, of Hellertown, faces charges including theft and access device fraud. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Monday. Her attorney declined to comment.

Officials allege that Patterson stole more than $395,000 from the Dewey Fire Company since 2009. She had been the group’s treasurer since 2002.

Patterson was removed from the position in July after an audit turned up the missing money. An audio recording of a fire company meeting includes Patterson acknowledging she “betrayed the people and their trust.”

Authorities say Patterson spent most of the money on gambling and entertainment at casinos in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

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