Official charged in embezzlement dies

February 26, 2008 5:48:57 AM PST
A former official charged in the embezzlement of $2.5 million from Lower Macungie Township has died.

Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin says 73-year-old Margaret Szulborski died Saturday at her home. Her attorney, Philip Lauer, says the grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of four has been battling brain cancer. She underwent surgery in August 2007.

Szulborski was charged with stealing millions from a sewer fund she controlled when she worked for the township from 1999 to March 2006. In a February 2007 response to a township lawsuit, she acknowledged stealing sewer connection fees. She had said she planned a defense of insanity, or mental infirmity.

County Judge Kelly Banach, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steven Luksa and Lauer had planned to visit Szulborski next month to gauge her condition. Martin says her death ends the criminal case over the missing funds.

Information from: The Morning Call,