WILKES-BARRE — A Plains Township woman will spend six months on house arrest for embezzling $53,000 from the Woodlands Inn and Resort.
Christine A. Skorodensky, 54, was sentenced Thursday afternoon by Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.
The judge also ordered Skorodensky to spend five years in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program.
Skorodensky, who was employed as accounts receivable manager for the resort, admitted to one count of theft by unlawful taking during a guilty-plea hearing on March 31.
Skorodensky has made restitution of $50,000, which is in escrow, court documents state. She still owes about $23,000, which includes the cost of a forensic audit performed by the Woodlands.
According to an affidavit filed in the case:
On Sept. 4, 2012, Mark Kornfeld, a member of the resort’s owning family, informed Plains Township police about a theft of money by an employee. Police advised that the Woodlands needed to perform a forensic audit of its books to determine the exact amount missing.
Resort officials told police that Skorodensky had worked for them for nearly 20 years.
In a January 2013 interview, Skorodensky told investigators she stole approximately $20,000 and offered to make restitution in lieu of prosecution, according to the affidavit. “The defendant was advised by the Woodlands that they would accept payment, but believed there was more than $20,000 stolen,” the affidavit said.
The following day, Skorodensky was interviewed at the Luzerne County Detectives’ Office with her attorney, Allyson Kacmarski, present. Investigators said Skorodensky provided a detailed list of dates, parties and banquets from 2011 and 2012, and how much she took from each. That list totalled $21,464.
On March 5, 2013, an audit revealed that more than $53,000 was missing. That audit also showed flaws in the resort’s accounting system and that Skorodensky “was able to use this to her advantage in order to conceal her thefts.”
The affidavit does not include any reference to a motive.
Sklarosky on Thursday told Skorodensky she will not be allowed to enter any casinos or engage in any gambling activity while under house arrest and IPP.
She will not be required to wear an electronic monitoring device while on house arrest, but “don’t think because you’re not being monitored that the rules are any less strict,” the judge said.