Erie Woman Charged With Embezzling Nearly $100,000 From Dairy Queen
An Erie woman is charged with allegedly embezzling nearly $100,000 from the Diary Queen, where she worked.
Erie police say over a two-year period, from January 2016 until January 2018, Kelsey Szparaga, 24, stole $97,740.37 from the Dairy Queen at 37th and Peach street, in Erie.
Investigators say she was an assistant manager at the store until January 2018, when the thefts were discovered.
Police say she was responsible for closing the store, and would take hundreds of dollars from nightly cash deposits and fraudulent over-ringing.
According to the criminal complaint, Szparaga admitted to the thefts, saying she took the money because she couldn't afford her bills.
Last month, detectives served a search warrant on her bank accounts, and discovered large sums of unexplained cash deposits, separate from her paycheck, which was direct deposited.
Tuesday morning, District Judge Tim Beveridge arraigned Szparaga on felony charges including theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.