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Butler Couple Charged With Stealing $20,000

The state Attorney General's office accuses the couple of diverting payroll funds from Festa Radon Technologies Company.

 

A Butler County husband and wife who allegedly diverted nearly $20,000 under the guise of overtime from their employer, were arrested Thursday by agents from the state Attorney General's Office.

assisted in the investigation that led to the arrests of Michele Geyer-Brown, 46, and her husband, Roy Brown, 47, both of the 200 block of Reiber Road, Renfrew, Attorney General Linda Kelly said.

According to a criminal complaint, Geyer-Brown and Brown were salaried employees with Festa Radon Technologies Company, where Geyer-Brown served as office manager and was solely responsible for payroll.

Geyer-Brown electronically diverted funds to her husband under the guise of overtimem according to the complaint. Agents believe that Geyer-Brown manually entered extra hours since 2008 and received nearly $20,000 in overtime pay for hours that neither she nor her husband worked.

Geyer-Brown and Brown also are charged with diverting company resources without authorization for their own benefit.

Michele Geyer-Brown is charged with two counts of theft by deception, three counts of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, one count of forgery and one count of misapplication of entrusted property.

Roy Brown is charged with one count of theft by receiving stolen property, one count of theft by deception and one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

The defendants were arraigned by Cranberry Township Magisterial District Judge David Kovach and released on $5,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

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