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Nearly $100,000 stolen from Berks County scenic railroad

Written by The Associated Press | May 7, 2014 2:39 AM
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(Kempton) -- The wheels of justice are turning for a longtime volunteer and appointed treasurer of the Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad in Berks County.

43-year-old James Krause of Schnecksville, Lehigh County, is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 in a year's time from the scenic railroad.

Authorities claim he stole more than $36,000 from the railroad's checking and savings accounts in 2013.

They also allege he made more than $22,000 in fraudulent purchases on the business' account, and took nearly $37,000 in ticket sales.

The nonprofit just celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. It's run entirely by volunteers and offers scenic train rides to the public.

Krause has been arraigned on theft and related charges.

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