Former business manager pleads guilty - but shows little remorse - in $170K theft from school


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ERIE, Pennsylvania — The former business manager of a northwestern Pennsylvania Catholic school has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $170,000 from it and will spend seven years on probation.

And although he was ordered to repay the debt, the Erie Times-News ( ) says 63-year-old David Earls told a judge he wouldn't promise to get a job to repay the money and claimed he earned most of the money through raises.

Officials at St. Peter Cathedral School told investigators the raises were never approved, though Earls still claims they were only to be "disapproved" later. Earls also pleaded guilty to making more than $14,000 in unauthorized purchases using school credit cards.

The IRS previously placed a $301,000 lien against the school, which was paid off by donations, after the school failed to remit federal taxes withheld from employee paychecks.

Information from: Erie Times-News,

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