Police: Former Delco employee charged with embezzling $200K from taxpayers

She used the cash to fuel drug addiction, pay off debt

Mike Dougherty
May 22, 2018 - 7:28 pm
Jessica McCusker

Delaware County District Attorney's Office

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware County officials have charged a former township employee for stealing more than $200,000 from Upper Darby taxpayers. 

From 2012 to 2017, 36-year-old Jessica McCusker stole $216,740, authorities said.

McCusker is accused of pocketing cash payments from residents during her time working at the Upper Darby Township Tax Office. The stealing grew exponentially over time.

"She used her position of trust with Upper Darby Township to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland.

The total jumped from about $2,000 in 2012 to nearly $70,000 in 2017.

"To add insult to injury, she used that money to purchase drugs and to pay off credit card debt," Copeland added.

McCusker told authorities her drug habit got progressively worse starting in 2015. Now, she's facing multiple felony charges, including theft by deception and receiving stolen property.