Woman faces trial for $900K theft
NORRISTOWN » A Douglassville woman must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that she embezzled more than $900,000 from the East Norriton Township company for which she worked as director of human resources.
Christine Marie Cushman, 31, of the 700 block of Rosewood Drive, Amity Township, waived her preliminary hearing before District Court Judge Ester J. Casillo on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, identity theft and receiving stolen property in connection with incidents that occurred between August 2015 and June 2017 while she worked at Highpoint Solutions LLC in East Norriton.
Casillo set a Nov. 8 arraignment date for Cushman in county court. After her arraignment, Cushman, who is represented by defense lawyer William C. DeNardo, will be scheduled for trial on the charges.
Cushman, who was arrested Aug. 2, remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail while awaiting court action. The case is being prosecuted by county Assistant District Attorney Christopher Daniels.
With the charges, prosecutors alleged Cushman stole $919,301 from her former employer during a scheme they characterized as a breach of trust.
The investigation began July 4, when senior officials of Highpoint Solutions contacted East Norriton detectives to report that the business’s payroll company uncovered suspicious direct deposit transactions that were made to Cushman’s personal bank account.
The subsequent investigation determined that Cushman allegedly issued fraudulent payroll checks in the names of four former subcontractors who no longer did business with Highpoint Solutions and then directly deposited them in her personal bank account, according to court papers.
Cushman’s responsibilities included preparing and reviewing the payroll information before it was submitted to the outside payroll company, authorities alleged.
The 45 fraudulent transactions occurred between August 2015 and June 2017, authorities alleged.
Cushman, according to the criminal complaint, also took steps to conceal the fraudulent transactions.
Officials said Cushman was employed by Highpoint Solutions since July 16, 2007. Cushman left the company for a brief period of time but returned on July 14, 2014.
When company officials confronted Cushman about the alleged thefts she initially denied the conduct. However, later in text messages, Cushman offered to return $56,000 which she had
in the bank and promised to come up with a plan for repaying the remaining balance, according to the criminal complaint filed by East Norriton Detective Anthony Caso.
During the investigation, detectives obtained warrants to search Cushman’s bank account. Detectives alleged banking records revealed that after the fraudulent deposits were made to Cushman’s account they were quickly utilized, “quite often transferred to other accounts, used to pay personal debts both electronically and by check,” according to the criminal complaint.
Christine M. Cushman