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A former employee of the William Penn School District allegedly stole more than $210,000 from district employee’s union.
Rose Mary Lyons stole money to support her gambling habit. Later she replaced some of the stolen funds with gambling winnings and other means, including stolen checks made payable to the school district and IRS refunds apparently belonging to people for whom she prepared income tax returns.
Lyons, 52, has charged with felony theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property between July of 2009 and December of 2015. During this period of time Lyons was serving as president and recording secretary of the William Penn Education Support Personnel Association. Two members of the WPESPA initially discovered a misappropriation of funds. They filed a report with the Lansdowne Police Department back on Jan. 14, 2016.
Lyons made 211 unauthorized deposits totaling $179,700.91 into the association’s bank account plus few more made later.