Former employee sentenced for theft from Bon-Ton Stores Foundation

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Feb 26, 2014 5:03 PM
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(Harrisburg) --  A York County woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison in connection to the theft of more than $1.3 million from a midstate nonprofit.

Christine DeJuliis of Felton is a former employee at the Bon-Ton Stories Foundation.

U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane has handed down the sentence, months after DeJuliis pleaded guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion charges for failing to pay taxes on the money she stole.

The 53-year-old was hired in 1999 by Springettsbury Township-based The Bon-Ton Stores as an assistant to the head of the charitable foundation by the department store chain. Over time, she devised a scheme to steal money from the Bon-Ton Stores Foundation by creating fake businesses and finding ways to award grants from the nonprofit to the phony companies.

During sentencing, the judge noted DeJuliis had been placed in a position of significant trust and violated that trust over the course of her nine-year crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Clancy notes while DeJuliis spoke of being sorry for committing the crime and vowed to pay restitution, she has not paid any of the money back to the foundation to this point.

DeJuliis will spend five years in jail and another three years on  supervised release.

She's also been ordered to make restitition to the Foundation and Bon-Ton Stores in the amount of nearly $1.38 million and the Internal Revenue Service for nearly $171,000.

The investigation was conducted by the Secret Service and I-R-S Criminal Investigation.

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