Hearing continued for woman facing theft charges | News, Sports, Jobs – timesobserver.com

Oct 27, 2021
A longtime Warren County notary charged with numerous felonies was scheduled to be in court on Tuesday.
A preliminary hearing in the case against Brenda L. Gibson, 57, of Pittsfield, was continued to Jan. 25, 2022.
Gibson faces numerous felony theft charges related to employment outside of her notary business in North Warren.
The charges include two counts of theft by unlawful taking; two counts of receiving stolen property; two counts of theft by deception; two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds; forgery; deceptive business practices; restricted activities — conflict of interest; and two counts of other reason access device is unauthorized by issuer (all felonies); and three misdemeanors – tamper with records or identification; and two counts of misapply government or entrusted property.
According to the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Gibson was employed by Dyke’s Garage in Bear Lake, where she handled business accounts and payroll for 16 years, and by Deerfield Township as secretary and treasurer for six years.
According to court documents, Gibson allegedly withdrew or made “misappropriated transactions” amounting to more than $450,000 from those two employers, without their knowledge nor permission since January 2020.
Deerfield Township supervisors fired Gibson during their October meeting.
Gibson has been a commissioned notary since April 1, 1998, according to records from the Pennsylvania Department of State.
In recent weeks, officers from the attorney general’s office and Conewango Township Police have searched her North Warren office and seized documents more than once.
She was arraigned in early October and released on $250,000 unsecured bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25.
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