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Woman pleads guilty to felony theft from credit union

December 21, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Williamsport woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony theft scheme for pilfering thousands of dollars over an eight-month period from Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union.

Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II ordered a presentence investigation for Cynthia Ann Wigfield, after accepting her guilty plea to the count - one of 21 counts filed against her.

France set sentencing for Feb. 28.

Remaining charges against Wigfield - who has no prior criminal record - were dropped in exchange for her plea.

Wigfield, of 10 Hopewell Road, Apt. "L," was charged with the theft of about $19,000 from the credit union between Sept. 1, 2005, and May 16, 2006, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said.

Rozes said Wigfield was branch manager and had access to the teller drawers and temporary teller drawers.

"The defendant changed opening and closing balances on those drawers and stole the difference," he said.

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According to charging documents, $3,201 was found missing from Wigfield's drawer from the end of the business day Dec. 22, 2005, to the beginning of the business day Dec. 23, 2005, and $6,391.56 was found missing from her drawer from the end of the business day Dec. 27, 2005 to the beginning of the business day Dec. 28, 2005.

Other dates with various amounts of missing money were listed in charging documents.

Her attorney, Jerry Joyce, said after the Wednesday hearing that Wigfield contends the amount stolen was about $6,000. He said she plans to pay back that amount to the credit union by Jan. 5, 2007.

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