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PITTSTON TWP. ‚?? An Old Forge woman was charged with theft-related offenses after allegedly forging more than $83,000 in checks while employed as a bookkeeper at Independent Chemical Corp.


Amy J. McCamley, 40, of Milwaukee Avenue, blamed an addiction to pain killers for the alleged thefts from April 2011 through April earlier this year. She pledged to repay the money after she was confronted in April about forged checks, according to charges filed with District Judge Diana Malast in Plains Township.


McCamley was arraigned Tuesday night by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston. Bail was set at $25,000.
There was no record of McCamley jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility Wednesday morning.

McCamley did not return a message for comment on Tuesday.


Sandor Rudin, president of Independent Chemical on Armstrong Road, declined comment until McCamley is formally arraigned.


McCamley was terminated from the company in April.


According to the criminal complaint:


Capital One, a credit card company, contacted Independent Chemical in April about suspicious activity on a credit card account registered to McCamley. Checks drawn upon Independent Chemical‚??s bank account were being used to pay McCamley‚??s credit card.


A review of 19 checks totaling $50,596 were made out to Capital One from Independent Chemical. The checks were signed by S. Rudin, but Rudin said he did not endorse the checks, the complaint says.


Police allege in the complaint that another 44 forged checks from Independent Chemical totaling $20,686 were discovered after McCamley was fired.


Those checks were made out to petty cash and endorsed by McCamley, according to the complaint.


An accounting firm working to balance Independent Chemical‚??s bookkeeping in June allegedly discovered 15 forged checks totaling $11,920.


When McCamley was confronted in April, she blamed an addiction to pain killers and said she used money from the company to pay credit card debt, the complaint alleges.


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