Prosecutor: Accountant stole $100K from 100-year-old woman

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

MEDIA, Pa. -- Authorities say a Bucks County accountant stole over $100,000 from her 100-year-old client to support a gambling habit.

Jeanne Swain, of Yardley, faces charges including theft and receiving stolen property.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says in a statement Wednesday Swain prepared taxes for the woman for 22 years.

The 58-year-old's son alerted authorities after spotting checks that seemed suspicious, including some written to Parx Casino in Bensalem.

She's accused of writing $116,667.33 in unauthorized checks. Prosecutors say the money went to her rent, her ex-husband's rent and insurance.

The district attorney says Swain's accounts showed she lost nearly $300,000 from gambling over five years.

Swain was released on $250,000 bail with home monitoring. Her attorney, Arthur Donato Jr., says he just received the complaint Tuesday and couldn't comment.

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