Kennett Township manager accused of stealing $3.2 million

Jim Melwert
December 10, 2019 - 12:21 pm
Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore

Chester County District Attorney's Office

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KENNETT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Longtime Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore is facing more than 100 felony charges, accused of stealing more than $3 million from the township. 

Moore, 46, has been manager for 20 years, and Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan says, by all accounts, she was well-liked and well-respected.

"That's exactly the kind of person who gets away with a scheme like this," he said.

The bulk of the $3.2 million dollars she is accused of stealing was in unauthorized payroll, like payment for unused comp time or vacation time. She is also accused of unauthorized use of the township credit card. And Hogan says she even forged documents to say she was married to a man to get him more than $50,000 worth of benefits.

"She stole money that was inteneded for employee benefits for other employees, she stole money that was intended for police activities, she stole money that was intended for land preservation for the township," Hogan said. "If there was money coming in to the township from the taxpayers, this defendant was stealing it.” 

Hogan says she spent the money on lavish trips and expensive clothes or bags.

He says it's a reminder that even the best checks and balances can be gamed by an employee who has the know-how.

"Somebody on the inside, who knows exactly where your money goes and how it goes and can work there quietly, is the one who really needs to be monitored," he said.

Moore is free on unsecured bail with a preliminary hearing scheduled for February.