Embezzler sentenced to 2 years in prison

A woman who embezzled more than $100,000 from a personal care home for mentally and physically challenged individuals in Troy was sentenced Monday in U.S. Middle District Court to serve two years in federal prison.

Joanne Beers, 58, of Monroeton, Bradford County, pleaded guilty to one count of theft/embezzlement in connection with Martha Lloyd Community Services, a health-care facility. Beers was ordered by U.S. Middle District Judge Christopher C. Conner to serve the sentence at the Alderson Federal Corrections Institution in West Virginia.

Beers must pay restitution in the amount of $96,185. Conner imposed restitution at a higher amount, but she paid some of the money back to the company when she was caught in the fraud that covered the years 2007 through 2011, according to the investigation by the FBI and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Beers served as program specialist supervisor at the intermediate care facility and admitted she cashed the checks of residents, keeping some proceeds for her own use.

“Beers had the residents endorse the checks and used some funds to pay their expenses, but kept the rest to buy gasoline, cigarettes and other items,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney George Rocktashel, who was assigned the case.

Beers acknowledged using a company credit card to obtain petty cash to purchase video games, hair care, food and clothing. She began working at the facility in 1984.

Beers may start to make additional restitution payments while at the prison.

However, Conner set up a payment structure upon her release.