April 14, 2018

Former Lackawaxen treasurer sentenced to prison for theft


MILFORD - A former Treasurer and Secretary for Lackawaxen Township was sentenced to a state prison term of 16 months to seven years during a sentencing hearing held in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas

Shawn Marie Roe, 58, was ordered, by acting President Judge Gregory Chelak, to pay restitution of $12,000 to Lackawaxen Township and $215,320 to Selective Insurance Company of America.

Roe’s sentencing came after she plead guilty in February to theft, access device fraud and unlawful use of a computer. The charges came after officials in Lackawaxen Township requested an audit of Township’s finances after suspecting that money was missing from Township accounts.  The audit revealed that Roe had through several means transferred money toward personal expenses. 

Roe stole the money through use of an unauthorized Paypal account, unauthorized debit card purchases, township checks that were to family members or for other improper expenditures and through payroll checks that included amounts beyond her annual approved rate.  Roe was removed from her positions in the Township after the discovery of the thefts in 2013.  As a part of Roe’s plea in February, she admitted to stealing over $200,000 between 2003 and 2013 from the Township.

Roe is currently housed in the Pike County Correctional Facility awaiting transfer to state prison.  As a part of Roe’s sentence, the Court ordered as a special condition of parole that the Roe be prohibited from being a director or an officer of any non-profit corporation or government entity and the she be prohibited from being a signatory on any bank or other financial account of any non-profit corporation or government entity.

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