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Former HACC VP's theft case transferred to U.S. Attorney's Office

By , - Last modified: March 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

A theft charge filed in the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas against former Harrisburg Area Community College executive vice president Nancy Rockey has been withdrawn.

Rockey's attorney, Adam Klein of Smigel, Anderson & Sacks LLP, said the case was transferred to federal jurisdiction in the U.S. Attorney's Office, and that the transfer has changed the timeline of the case.

"They need to finish their investigation," Klein said, estimating it would be two to three months before the next step in the case.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said the feds requested the case because "there are federal laws that were allegedly broken in addition to the state laws." He declined to elaborate.

Rockey had been scheduled for formal arraignment this morning in Dauphin County Common Pleas Court before the case was transferred. She was charged with stealing $228,000 from HACC between 2007 and 2012, and the original Dauphin County complaint said she admitted to the theft.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania declined to comment this afternoon.

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