Preliminary hearing continued for woman accused of $20,000-plus theft
TROY - A Columbia Cross Roads woman charged with the theft of more than $20,000 from a Troy law firm is being represented by a familiar name.
A preliminary hearing for Misty Jo Greeno, 31, of 4113 Austinville Rd., was scheduled for Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy, but Wilcox said it was continued to 1 p.m. on May 15, due to a police officer not being available.
According to Wilcox, Greeno is being represented by attorney William Hebe of Wellsboro. Hebe was the attorney of convicted felon Brenda Mott. No one could be reached at his firm Wednesday for comment.
In 2005, Mott pleaded guilty to four felony charges involving the theft of money from the Canton Borough Authority over a six-year period.
At the time of Mott's theft of money from the authority, Mott was the authority's bookkeeper. The state contends the amount taken was more than $500,000. Mott pleaded guilty to taking in excess of $100,000 from the authority.
State police at Towanda said that Greeno received more than $20,000 in cash from various sources, and failed to deposit it into the account of Brann, Williams, Caldwell, and Sheetz. She was a secretary at the firm.
In an affidavit, Trooper David Pelachick wrote that Greeno was interviewed by police April 23, and "stated that she never stole one cent from the firm." However, he said, she "could not explain why the money never made it to the bank."
Pelachick then advised Greeno that she was under arrest for felony theft and that he was taking her into custody. He noted that Greeno said she was leaving and started to run for the door, "screaming for her husband."
"I repeatedly instructed her to stop running; however, she failed to obey," Pelachick wrote in the affidavit. She was forcibly restrained, just as she made it to the front door, and was then taken into custody.
Greeno is charged with felony theft by unlawful taking or disposition, felony receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor escape, according to court papers. She was placed in Bradford County Correctional Facility, in lieu of $10,000 bail.
According to Pelachick, the theft took place from Oct. 1, 2010 to March 30, 2013.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.