Bryn Mawr painter accused of stealing $900K from Chester County farm

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A worker is accused of stealing over $900,000 from a Chester County farm to buy luxury vehicles and a family vacation.

35-year-old Clifton Willson of Bryn Mawr, Pa. has been charged with theft and related offenses.

Officials say Willson worked part-time as a painter at Hartwood Farm in Willistown Township.

In February 2016, the property owner discovered fraudulent checks were written and funds were withdrawn from her account.

According to officials, between May 2014 and February 2016, Willson stole 148 blank checks, forged the victim's signature, and deposited the checks into various personal accounts.

The thefts ranged from forged checks for $900 up to $18,000 at a time. Officials say the total amount embezzled was $927,100.

Chester County officials say Willson used the stolen funds to purchase various personal items and expenses including two Maserati vehicles, a Porsche SUV, a Land Rover, a rental home, and a family vacation to the Bahamas.

"The defendant took advantage of his position of trust. He stole checks, forged the victim's signature, and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars all because of simple greed," Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement.

Hogan says the suspect has been cooperative and has already made $500,000 in restitution.

Anybody with any information should contact Willistown Detective Steve Jones at 610-251-0222.
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