Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today the filing of theft charges against a state worker. Investigators say Marylinda Freyermuth stole more than $15,000 in state money, and spent it on herself and her family. She has been suspended from her job.
Freyermuth is a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources employee working at the Bald Eagle State Forest office located in Millmont, Union County. In that capacity, she collected money from people for wood and stone permits.
She was supposed to turn the funds over to the state, but investigators say instead she pocketed the money. In this way, investigators say, she stole more than $12,000 in cash that she had collected for the permits.
In addition, Freyermuth used a state credit card to make $2,614.24 in purchases for herself and her family, according to investigators.
Freyermuth faces these charges:
– One count of Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Funds Received
– One count of Theft By Unlawful Taking or Disposition
– One count Access Device Fraud and
– One count of Conflict of Interest/
Freyermuth was preliminarily arraigned before District Justice Mensch in Union County and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
The case will be prosecuted in Union County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Forray of the Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecutions Section.