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A former employee of the William Penn School District from Pennsylvania stole more than $210,000 to support a gambling habit.
Rose Marie Lyons was arrested Feb. 13 following an investigation by Delaware County Detective John Hoffner. According to charging documents, Lyons formerly served as president and recording secretary of the William Penn Education Support Personnel Association. Two newly appointed members of the union discovered a misappropriation of funds and filed a report with the Lansdowne Police Department. An affidavit of probable cause for Lyons’ arrest indicated that she had “complete control” of the association’s financial accounts and was responsible for numerous unauthorized withdrawals. Bank records showed several large cash withdrawals, at first done through bank tellers and later through ATMs after a debit card was issued. Lyons was sentenced to 23 months of intermediate punishment.