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Former Bon-Ton foundation employee charged with $1.2M fraud

By , - Last modified: January 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

A former Bon-Ton Stores Foundation employee has been indicted on allegations of mail fraud and money laundering through which she took more than $1.2 million, according to a news release.

Christine DeJuliis, 51, of North Hopewell Township, York County, was charged in a six-count indictment handed up Wednesday from the grand jury sitting in Harrisburg, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

DeJuliis allegedly created fictitious businesses and developed a scheme to have the foundation appear to award the businesses grants.

The counts cover a period from as early as January 2003 to July 2009 and stem from an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service, the release stated.

The investigation was prompted by information from The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., according to the release.

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