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From: MaryW
Date: 03-30-2005, 06:38 AM (1 of 5)
I have ordered off of these people, such a shame! Got this from a newspaper.

A Lower Saucon Township woman charged with embezzling more than $618,000 over 10 years at a Bethlehem mail-order company gave up her right to a preliminary hearing Monday and faces trial in Lehigh County Court.

Bethlehem police said Anna H. Kuzen took about $5,000 to $6,000 a month from Home-Sew Inc., a company that sells sewing and craft supplies, between 1993 and July, but her lawyer has said she was forced to steal the money because she was ''the subject of an extortion ring.''

Michael H. Applebaum of Allentown said his client was forced to pay about $5,000 a month or she and her family would be killed. However, Bethlehem detectives have said they have investigated those allegations and have yet to find anything to back up her claims, police said.

Kuzen, of 1389 Clearfield Ave., was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, forgery and unlawful use of a computer. She was released on $20,000 unsecured bail and ordered to surrender her passport.

She waived her right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Thomas Murphy on Monday. According to court records:

Kuzen, 51, told Home-Sew owner Edward J. Perusse in early August that she started gambling at several private clubs and was losing money.

She said she ''got mixed up with the wrong people,'' who knew where she worked and forced her to make out fake vouchers and forge Home-Sew checks to repay her debts.

Perusse, who has owned the company at 1825 W. Market St. in Bethlehem with his wife, Lucy, since 1960, told Bethlehem Detective Mark Diluzio that Kuzen forged hundreds of checks for a total of $618,732 from Aug. 20, 1993, to July 30, 2004.

Kuzen, a full-time buyer and staff assistant at Home-Sew since December 1988, had access to business records and business account information, but did not have check-signing privileges, the records said.

Perusse and Diluzio discovered at least 438 forged checks and 654 fake business vouchers to cover up the forged checks since 1993.

In November, Kuzen admitted she forged checks to correspond with false vouchers she entered into a company computer and said she would intercept the mail each month and alter the returned checks so she would not be found out.
MaryW
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From: Serenity
Date: 03-30-2005, 07:28 AM (2 of 5)
This is just awful. I love to order from that company. The reps were so friendly. I guess you can never tell though. This world is completely going mad. May we be saved form the madeness!

Serenity (threads_40) :sad:
"The struggle is not greater than the goal". Be blessed. Stay encouraged.
User: Serenity
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 85
From: DorothyL
Date: 03-30-2005, 09:38 AM (3 of 5)
You should continue to order from the company if you like them. They were the victims not the criminal.
Dorothy
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: Serenity
Date: 03-31-2005, 07:42 PM (4 of 5)
Believe me...I will. I had no intention of stopping. I completely understand that they were taken advantage of and were the victems of a thief. The punishment for thievery should be and is in some countries, to cut off the hands of a thief. If it is one thing that I can not tolerate it is a thief, next to that a liar. Makes me sick and very upset. When things like this happens it makes the prices go up and ruins business.

What are we coming too?

Serenity
"The struggle is not greater than the goal". Be blessed. Stay encouraged.
User: Serenity
Member since: 01-12-2005
Total posts: 85
From: vicious kittie
Date: 04-02-2005, 11:56 PM (5 of 5)
thats crazy..i was just looking at that site the other day....i guess embelizzing is the new thing, my friends own a store with another couple, and they just found out they have been stealing money too..enough to almost bankrupt the company...do people actually think they wont get caught?? people amaze me..
User: vicious kittie
Member since: 02-02-2005
Total posts: 27
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