Woman accused of $20,000-plus theft says she 'never stole one cent'
TROY - A Columbia Cross Roads woman charged with the theft of more than $20,000 from a Troy law firm told police she was innocent, according to court papers.
State police at Towanda said that Misty Jo Greeno, 31, of 4113 Austinville Rd., Columbia Cross Roads 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.
Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy said that Greeno, who is charged with felony theft by unlawful taking or disposition, felony receiving stolen property, and misdemeanor escape, faces a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. May 1 in Troy. 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.
He received a call April 22 from Attorney Evan Williams, who indicated that Greeno was released from her position as a secretary at the firm on March 28.
Williams told police that part of Greeno's duties at the law firm was to take and document payments from clients, both in checks and cash. After Greeno was let go, the firm immediately found that there were numerous cash deposits that had been received and documented, but a large amount of the cash was never transferred from Greeno's possession.
Pelachick was informed that the law firm conducted a forensic audit, and he noted that "it was extremely clear" that the Greeno received $20,270.65 in cash from Oct. 15, 2010 to March 19, 2013, which had never been deposited into the firm's bank account.
"I was also shown the receipts of cash from the clients and also where these deposits were listed in the client's files; however, (Greeno) failed to document these deposits on her daily deposit sheet and subsequently this cash never left her possession," he wrote in the affidavit.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.