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Law catches up with law library bookkeeper

Barbara Melnyk charged Friday

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Barbara Melnyk, a bookkeeper in Montgomery County's law library, was arrested Friday on theft and related charges.

She is accused of purchasing nearly  $2,600 worth of text books for family members.

The suspect was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Margaret Hunsicker, who set unsecured bail at $10,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Judge Hunsicker at 11 a.m. June 21.

Montgomery County Controller Stewart Greenleaf, Jr. found irregularities that rose to the level of criminal activity when he conducted an audit of the law library. Greenleaf  referred the matter for investigation to District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who announced the arrest. 

An investigation by the county's Detective Bureau confirmed the controller's finding that over the last three years the defendant was purchasing text books for a family member through Amazon. The cost to the text books was $2,598.37.

The defendant put the bills for the text book purchases through to be paid by the library funds, which are supported by taxpayer dollars.

The defendant was arrested Friday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse.


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