FOP officer charged with theft found dead

April 7, 2009 5:21:42 AM PDT
A former suburban Philadelphia police officer charged with stealing more than $87,000 from a police group she helped run has been found dead at her home. Authorities say 42-year-old Katherine Leese, of Langhorne, was found by her mother on Monday.

The former Falls Township officer had pleaded no contest to theft charges and was to have been sentenced Tuesday for diverting funds from Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 53 while she was its treasurer.

The group's past president, 66-year-old Gerald Conaway of Southampton, embezzled another $5,500. Conaway is retired from the Upper Southampton force. He was sentenced in January to 23 months in prison.

An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of Leese's death.

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