Women charged in scheme that stole $144,000 from the Mennonite Home

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MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two Lancaster County women face charges after they conspired to steal money from the Mennonite Home.  The arrests of Victoria A. Felix, 42, of East Petersburg and Deborah J. Lopez, 37, of Lancaster, followed an investigation into payroll discrepancies at the Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike.

Management discovery in April that Lopez, a CNA at the home, was being paid for hours she did not work. An investigation by management and Manheim Township Police determined that Lopez conspired with Felix, who was the employee scheduler, to add the made up hours to Lopez’s payroll sheets.

The two women would then share the money that Lopez was overpaid. An audit revealed that the scheme was in operation between January 2012 and April of this year. The total loss was $144,000.

Charges against the pair include Theft by Deception and Criminal Conspiracy. Following arraignment they were each released on $40,000 unsecured bail.