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CHAMBERSBURG — Mary Ann Vaughn, 51, Chambersburg, was charged Wednesday with Theft By Unlawful Taking as a result of an investigation into missing funds from a Chambersburg doctor’s office.

Vaughn had been working for the office of Dr. Mark Swartz for about 20 years, according to court records. She was in charge of billing and collection of cash payments, as well as making bank deposits for the business.

Police allege in charging documents that Vaughn stole $35,051.54 between January 2013 and May 2019. The figure was confirmed through accounting documentation of billing statements and bank records of cash deposits.

The doctor first suspected that someone was siphoning money from his business earlier this year. He told police he thought it might have been going on for at least two years. But he waited to go to police until he had his accounts reviewed. An audit shows substantial discrepancies, according to court documents.

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Accounts were then reviewed going back to January 2013. The audit also showed payments verified by Vaughn’s initials that were not documented on deposits.

Court documents indicate Vaughn was confronted about the billing issues and discrepancies in May and was advised of the missing cash currency. Her employment was then terminated, court documents say.

Vaughn was arraigned on the felony theft charge by Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns Wednesday, July 17. She was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Her preliminary hearing is set for July 23 in Franklin County’s Central Magisterial District Court.

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