Amy McCamley charged with taking money from Independent Chemical Corp.

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WILKES-BARRE – A Lackawanna County woman charged with taking more than $80,000 from a Pittston Township company will be sentenced on four related charges next month, a county judge said Thursday.

“Nothing has been more devastating than this,” Independent Chemical Corp. Vice President Josh Rudin said in a letter written to Judge Lesa Gelb. “The effects have been physical and emotional.”

Rudin’s letter was read at what was supposed to be a sentencing hearing for Amy McCamley, 41, of Old Forge. She was charged in August 2012 with taking $83,203 from the company where she worked as a bookkeeper.

McCamley’s attorney, Michael Cammarano, of Sinking Spring, requested his client’s sentencing hearing be held at a later date so that she may apply for the Intermediate Punishment Program and serve that sentence in Lackawanna County. Such a sentence typically includes a term of house arrest and probation.

Gelb scheduled another hearing date for July 1.

Rudin said in his letter to Gelb that McCamley has shown little remorse, and he hopes she sees the pain she has caused.

Rudin said not only is the company and his family affected, but the faithful employees who work at the company on Armstrong Road as well.

McCamley pleaded guilty in March to charges of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property and forgery – all felonies.

According to court papers, in April 2012 Rudin and his father, Sandor, company president, contacted Pittston Township police after they were made aware of suspicious activity on a credit card account.

The father and son were notified that Capital One had been receiving checks from Independent Chemical Corp. that were being applied to a personal account number belonging to Leonard McCamley, Amy McCamley’s husband.

A local bank official them with 19 checks totaling $50,596 that were put into Leonard McCamley’s account. A signature on the checks was indicated as “S Rudin,” which Sandor Rudin said was not his.

The Rudins said they spoke with Amy McCamley about the money and she told them she intended on putting the money in the bank. She said the reason she took the money was because she had an addiction to pain killers.

McCamley allegedly said she used the money to pay off her personal credit card debt and that she set up a fake vendor in the company’s computer system to conceal the checks she was taking, according to court papers.

McCamley allegedly admitted to taking approximately $61,000. The Rudins immediately fired her.

Investigators later found additional checks totaling in the thousands that McCamley falsely endorsed with Sandor Rudin’s name.

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