An Allentown couple has been charged with theft for allegedly stealing more than $1.4 million over 10 years from the Emmaus civil engineering and landscape architectural firm where the wife worked.
District Attorney Jim Martin said charges have been filed against Pamela J. Kern, 43, and Gary W. Kern, 49, for allegedly using electronic transfer payments in the amount of $1.44 million from Ott Consulting Inc. to make payments on their personal credit cards.
According to the district attorney the alleged thefts took place between 2006 and 2016.
Pamela J. Kern was employed as a bookkeeper at Ott since 2004 until her suspension Feb. 23. According to the report, Jeffrey T. Ott, president of the firm, learned of the possible embezzlement on Feb. 19, when it was discovered that payments from Ott Consulting were being made to five different credit card accounts in five different banks. Ott Consulting, Inc. used only one credit card account in conducting its operations according to a release.
During that time Martin said she was the firm’s only bookkeeper and had exclusive control over processing invoice and expense payments.
All payments for those accounts were processed from the Ott business account at Provident Bank by Kern.
According to Martin, more than 464 direct internet payments from the Ott Consulting firm account were made to the credit cards used by Pamela and Gary Kern.