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Group home manager's theft of money uncovered by patient's brother, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Aug 30 2013 09:16:12 PM CDT
FREEMANSBURG, Pa. -

A woman who managed a group home in Northampton County was found to have stolen money after a patient's brother became suspicious, officials said.

Bertha W. Howard resigned as manager of the Access Group Home, 815 Monroe St., Freemansburg, when her supervisor asked her about a patient's money that was supposed to be locked in a safe, officials said.

The supervisor, Amira Kabu-Thomas, questioned Howard about the money after the patient's brother could not get an answer from Howard about a $1,500 check given to Howard in February that was supposed to be used to buy a bedroom set for his sister, officials said.

Before Howard resigned, she admitted to Kabu-Thomas she had a key to the safe, but Howard never returned it, officials said.

When the safe was opened, more than $2,000 belonging to three patients and the home's petty cash account was discovered, officials said.

Howard, 44, of 3637 Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall Township, Lehigh Co., was arraigned Thursday night on two theft charges and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a,m, Sept. 12.