- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors say a part-time painter at a Pennsylvania farm stole more than $900,000 from his employers to fund a lavish lifestyle that included luxury cars, jewelry, a trip to the Bahamas and private schools for his children.

Clifton Willson was arrested Thursday and faces nearly 300 charges including theft, forgery and related offenses.

Officials say 35-year-old Willson, of Bryn Mawr, stole 148 blank checks from the owners of Hartwood Farm, in Willistown Township, between May 2014 and February.

A criminal complaint says he used the $927,100 in forged checks to buy two Maseratis, a Porsche SUV, a Land Rover, jewelry from Tiffany and Cartier and a rental home, among other items.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says Willson has been cooperative. A phone message seeking comment from Willson wasn’t returned Thursday.

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