TROY - Joanne Beers, 58, of Monroeton, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to a two-year term of imprisonment and three years of supervised release for embezzling money from Martha Lloyd Community Services in Troy, according to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

In addition, she was ordered to pay $96,185.68 in restitution.

According to a news release from United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Beers worked as a program specialist supervisor for Martha Lloyd Community Services in Troy. Martha Lloyd, a non-profit health care provider, provides facilities, programs and services in Bradford and Tioga Counties for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, he noted.

The news release continues:

The facility receives funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Medicaid program. Beers was responsible for overseeing a program which housed 18 female residents.

Without the knowledge, authorization, and approval of her employer, Beers used four Martha Lloyd credit card accounts to purchase merchandise and services for her personal use and benefit, including hair care services at a salon, video game equipment, clothing, gift cards, food, and household goods for herself and her family, and furniture, a television, and DVD player for her residence.

Beers stole cash from Martha Lloyd accounts and submitted false purchase orders and receipts to support other petty cash and credit card account expenditures used for her personal expenses.

Beers also transacted paychecks for developmentally and intellectually disabled residents of the facility under her supervision and used the cash to purchase gasoline, cigarettes, and other items for her own personal use and benefit.

Beers was charged and pleaded guilty in August 2012.

When asked for comment, William E. Miller, President/CEO of Martha Lloyd, stated, "On behalf of the residents, staff and families of Martha Lloyd, I am pleased that this matter has finally come to conclusion. This unfortunate incident is now behind us and we are now focusing on our future. I would like to thank our Board of Directors for their support during the resolution of this embezzlement."

When asked for comment, Assistant U.S. Attorney George Rocktashel said that from January 2007 through July 2011, Martha Lloyd identified thefts by Beers totaling $100,246.48, but after further review of the period 2005-2006, Martha Lloyd identified additional losses, for a total loss of $182,081.22 from 2005 to 2011.

"Ms. Beers agreed to repay $101,462, the amount that fell within the statute of limitations period," he explained. "In sentencing Ms. Beers, the judge stated that the additional funds from earlier years were not readily provable and lay outside the limitations period. Finally, Ms. Beers repaid some of the funds at the time the offense was discovered, and received a credit reducing the restitution."

The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.