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Woman charged with stealing money from Sanctuary

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Susan Bryant in Police Log

The former treasurer of an Upper Macungie nonprofit animal rescue group has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property after allegedly stealing more than $11,000.

According to an affidavit of probable cause and criminal complaint obtained from District Judge Michael Faulkner’s office, Upper Macungie Police Detective Jason Wheeler stated that around April 28, 2018, police received a complaint from Linda Green, president of The Sanctuary of Haafsville.

Wheeler states Green told him Susan J. Johnston, 55, of Macungie, was recently removed from her position as treasurer of the animal shelter, and during a review of the organization’s financial records it was determined $11,588.03 was apparently missing.

Wheeler also states that during a review of the records it was discovered a check had allegedly been written to Johnston in the amount of $5,900.49 and “pet doors” was written on the memo line.

According to the affidavit, the pet doors were not purchased, just a quote had been requested by The Sanctuary at Haafsville. `

As a result of a search warrant, police allege the check was deposited into Johnston’s personal bank account, Wheeler states.

Also discovered during the review, was that Johnston allegedly made two additional unauthorized transactions.

The first was on March 2, 2018, in the amount of $3,275.29, which was transferred to a Capital One credit card, and the second an unauthorized transaction on April 9, 2018, in the amount of $2,412.25, was transferred to a Chase credit card.

According to Lehigh County Criminal Court records, Johnston was arraigned Jan. 15 before District Judge Jake Hammond, South Whitehall.

He set bail at an unsecured $20,000, which she posted.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19 before District Judge Michael Faulkner, Upper Macungie.