Kennett Township Manager Lisa M. Moore, 46, has been arrested on charges related to embezzling more than $3 million.
According to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Moore, who lives in Kennett Square, worked for the township for more than 20 years. She is accused of taking money intended for employee benefits, the police department, land preservation, and other township operations.
Prosecutors say Moore used the money for personal expenses such as clothes from Gucci and Chanel, jewelry, and travel to Italy and France. Part of her scheme even involved pretending to be married. The defendant was fired when the fraud was discovered.
A summary of the defendant’s thefts are described in the chart below:
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan stated, “This case is all about greed. The defendant was well-compensated, with an annual salary of over $100,000. But she decided to live the high life, funded by the taxpayers of Kennett Township. There is no excuse for such a blatant abuse of a position of trust.”
Charges included claiming she worked the equivalent of 10 hours a day every day of the year and pocketing the overtime to pad her salary.
As Township Manager, Moore had oversight and access to virtually all of the township’s financial operations.
In April, the Kennett Township Police Department received a report from the Capital One Fraud Department related to money transfers. After an initial review, the investigation was turned over to the Chester County Detectives, the investigative arm of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office. When Chester County Detectives launched their investigation, the defendant was on vacation in France.
The township required two signatures for certain checks: the Township Manager and a Township Supervisor. The defendant solved this problem by using a stamp with the signature of one of the Township Supervisors. When she needed checks paid to herself or her credit card accounts, she would simply write the check, sign the check herself, then use the stamp to forge the signature of the Supervisor.
The defendant even created a phony marriage to defraud the township, prosecutors claimed.
All told, the defendant stole $3,249,453 from Kennett Township over a six-year span. She has been charged with felony theft, forgery, computer crimes, and related offenses.
Anyone with any further information can contact Chester County Detective Robert Balchunis at (610) 344-6866.