Harmony Township's ex-secretary charged in $190K theft

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A western Pennsylvania township has abolished its township secretary position now that a long-time employee has been removed from that post and charged with stealing $190,000 in public money.

Authorities said Lyla Lynn Swan, who worked as Harmony Township's secretary for about 30 years, is being notified by mail of charges filed by detectives in the Beaver County District Attorney's Office.

Investigators said Swan stole the money by pocketing cash payments that residents made to the government office since 2006. Investigators said they didn't go back farther than that because of the statute of limitations.

According to police, Swan acknowledged she knew at least some of the money was missing.

District Attorney Anthony Berosh said the investigation continues into where and how Swan spent the money.