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N.J. woman accused of stealing $1.8M from Allentown employer

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Published On: Apr 04 2014 11:36:02 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2014 06:48:28 PM CDT

Woman charged with embezzlement

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A New Jersey woman was charged Friday after officials said she stole more than $1.8 million from her Allentown employer.

Allentown Police charged 65-year-old Nelann Quigley of 107 Lakeview Avenue, Watchung, Somerset Co., N.J. with one count of theft by unlawful taking.

Court documents say Quigley had written hundreds of checks against Aetna Felt Corp.'s bank account without permission.

Aetna Felt's owner, James Weppler, told police Feb. 13 that $700,000 had been stolen between January 2012 and January 2014.

On Feb. 17, police began an investigation, which discovered the thefts were over a six-year period that began in 2008.

Weppler gave police bank copies of 267 checks written against the Aetna Felt account without permission, which totalled $1,851,423.

Police said all of the unauthorized checks were signed by Quigley, with no second endorsement as the business, located at 2401 W. Emaus Ave.,  required.

The checks had been written by Quigley to credit card, insurance, and car financial companies, as well as to herself, officials said.

The investigation also showed that she had a Sands Casino player card from October 2012 through February 2014, and had accumulated a total loss of more than $770,965.

Weppler said Quigley was terminated from the company.

Quigley turned herself in Friday and is awaiting arraignment.