VFW staffer accused of stealing


A 44-year-old Nicholson woman has been accused of stealing more than $20,000 over a 10-month period from the VFW Post 8488 in Lenox Township.

Rosemary Griffis ofBarney Hollow Road, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard in Clifford on Thursday and faces felony charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

According to a police criminal complaint filed by Trooper John Oliver, two representatives of the post, Albert Urda andHerbertPeak, came to the State Police barracks at Gibson to report that during a records check of the VFW building account, it was discovered that $20,245 was missing.

The complaint notes that cancelled checks showed that Griffis, a 19-year employee of the post with multiple job roles including co-manager, bartender and bookkeeper was writing checks to “cash” and then keeping the money.

Urda provided cancelled checks with Griffis name on them and said, according to the complaint, she started taking money in December 2010 and stopped in September when confronted by the VFW officials.

To them, she denied the allegations, and in an interview with state police she initially stated that all the money was used for the VFW.

After police asked her to detail the purchases, the complaint said she could not, but she then admitted she took $4,500 because she needed to fix her truck.

But Griffis acknowledged in the complaint there was no way she took $20,245.

Griffis is free after posting $25,000 unsecured bail and has a preliminary hearing before Judge Brainard on Nov. 8.

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