WILKES-BARRE — A woman from Nanticoke accused of stealing money from her employer and checks from her boyfriend’s mother pleaded guilty to theft-related charges in Luzerne County Court.
Brandy Peters, 31, of Center Street, pleaded guilty to separate counts of theft by unlawful taking and a single count of giving false report to law enforcement authorities.
Judge Fred Pierantoni III said Peters will be sentenced on Aug. 21.
According to the criminal complaints:
Peters was hired at Lattimer Machine and Fabricating in Hazle Township in October 2012 as a secretary with duties that included processing payroll.
From Nov. 15, 2012, to April 2, 2013, state police said, Peters paid herself at an unauthorized hourly rate and for hours she did not work, the complaint says. State police said in the complaint Peters opened a Staples charge account without permission and wrote four checks to herself from the business’ account.
Authorities said Peters had stolen $16,808 from Lattimer Machine and Fabricating during her brief employment.
Nanticoke police said Peters in April 2013 had stolen 60 checks from her boyfriend’s mother, and cashed the checks with amounts under $10 but requested cash back during transactions, according to the complaint.
Fairview Township police said Peters was one of three people who claimed they stumbled upon an unresponsive man lying on state Route 437 on June 14, 2013. Police later determined Peters and two others were with the man who had overdosed on heroin, and made up the story that they found him unresponsive on the state roadway, the complaint says.