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Former Pennsylvania court clerk charged with stealing bail

December 24, 2018

JIM THORPE, Pa. (AP) — A former county official has been charged by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office with stealing bail money and court fees.

Former Carbon County Clerk of Courts William McGinley was charged with theft, tampering with public records and other crimes related to $43,000 in missing bail and fingerprint fees.

The 60-year-old McGinley abruptly resigned from his position in May. Court records do not show an attorney for McGinley, who was released on bail Friday.

Prosecutors say audits tracked numerous instances of missing funds between 2013 and early in 2018 in more than 150 cases. The attorney general’s office says the missing funds have held up the disposition of cases in which defendants were due back fees upon release.

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