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U. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. | The former treasurer for a non-profit animal sanctuary is facing theft charges after allegedly embezzling more than $11,000.

Upper Macungie Township police charged Susan J. Johnston, of Lower Macungie Township, with single felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 55-year-old Wednesday night, releasing her from custody on $20,000 unsecured bail.

Linda Green, the president of The Sanctuary at Haafsville, reported to township police in April 2018 about the alleged theft. Green told investigators that Johnston had recently been removed as the organization’s treasurer, and that the shelter completed a review of its financial records, according to court records.

The review couldn’t account for $11,588. Court records do not indicate why Green had been removed.

A review of the financial records turned up a $5,900 check written to Johnston with “pet doors” written in the memo line. Investigators said the pet doors were never purchased. The shelter only requested and received a quote for the work.

A search warrant revealed that the $5,900 check was deposited into Johnston’s personal bank account, according to court records. The investigation turned up other unauthorized transactions allegedly made by Johnston.

Records reveal a March 2018 transfer of $3,275 to a Capital One credit card and a $2,412 transfer in April 018 to a Chase credit card. Police said the transactions were not for sanctuary business.

Johnston’s next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 19.

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