Woman sen­tenced for theft

The Willow Grove Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr.

chessler@jour­nalregis­ter.com

An Abing­ton woman is headed to state prison af­ter she ad­mit­ted to steal­ing nearly $25,000 from an EDsW 1RUULWRQ GRFWRU’s RI­fiFH where she once worked as an RI­fiFH PDQDJHU.

Me­gan Galo, 48, of the 1900 block of Moreland Road, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to one to seven years in the State Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion at Muncy af­ter she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft by de­cep­tion in con­nec­tion with in­ci­dents that oc­curred be­tween Jan­uary and July 2012.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, said Galo is el­i­gi­ble for the state’s Re­cidi­vism Risk Re­duc­tion In­cen­tive pro­gram, com­monly re­ferred to as “Triple R-I,” which al­lows el­i­gi­ble non­vi­o­lent of­fend­ers to re­ceive re­duc­tions of their min­i­mum state prison sen­tences if they suc­cess­fully com­plete all re­quired prison treat­ment and coun­sel­ing pro­grams and main­tain good-con­duct records in prison.

Galo could re­duce her min­i­mum prison stay nine months if she suc­cess­fully com­pletes the pro­gram, court pa­pers in­di­cate.

The judge fur­ther in­di­cated that resti­tu­tion for the vic­tim is be­ing pur­sued through the civil courts.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Galo be­gan on July 16, 2012, when East Nor­ri­ton po­lice re­sponded to the Cen­ter for Ad­vanced Ortho­pe­dics, 716 W. Ger­man­town Pike, for a report of a theft. A docWRU UHSRUWHG GDOR, DQ RI­fiFH man­ager, stole cash de­posits to­tal­ing $24,962 be­tween Jan. 1 and July 9, ac­cord­ing WR WhH DUUHsW DI­fiGDYLW fiOHG by East Nor­ri­ton Po­lice Sergeant David W. Boyer.

“$s RI­fiFH PDQDJHU, SDUW of Me­gan Galo’s job was to de­posit cash and checks for Cen­ter for Ad­vanced Ortho­pe­dics,” al­leged Boyer, adding a doc­tor and a biller at the prac­tice stated it was

solely Galo’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­posit funds.

Galo, au­thor­i­ties al­leged, did not re­turn de­posit re­ceipts to the biller for cash or checks that were sup­posed to be de­posited be­tween Jan­uary and July de­spite re­peated re­quests for them.

EPSORyHHV RI WKH RI­fiFH con­fronted Galo about the ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties on July 11, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

“Me­gan Galo ad­mit­ted she had taken cash from the prac­tice on and off for about a year and a half,” Boyer al­leged.

When asked how much money she had taken, Galo al­legedly told her su­pe­ri­ors that she took about $80,000 from the prac­tice, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

But the crim­i­nal com­plaint UHflHFWV D WRWDO RI 30 GHSRVLWV, to­tal­ing $24,962, that al­legedly were not de­posited to the bank by Galo.

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