A Carbon County woman admitted in the county court on Monday to stealing a large sum of money from patients' accounts at a county nursing facility.

She was one of 13 defendants in pending criminal cases to entered guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Steals from patients

Theresa A. Bernardi, 43, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of theft, as a felony three.

She admitted stealing $80,285.15 from the patients' account at the Summit Nursing Home, part of the Blue Mountain Health Systems.

Lehighton police charged she stole the money while she was coordinator of patients' account, a position she held for 10 years.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.

Other cases

Other defendants who entered pleas included:

Beth Ann Neff, 25, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty in two pending cases to three counts of theft and one count each of unsworn falsification to law enforcement and access device fraud.

She was charged for incidents in Lehighton where she took two checks from a borough resident and used them to get cash and in the second case to take checks of another resident and using them to secure cash through a automatic teller machine. She told the court she used the money to feed a drug addiction.

Nanovic placed her on probation for a total of four years on all the counts and ordered her to make total restitution of $947.32, and get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment. Nanovic ruled the probation runs consecutive to a term she is currently serving in Lehigh County.

Deanna K. Semanoff, 24, of Thomasville, York County, formerly of Lehighton, pleaded in two pending cases to one count each of receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a automobile.

She was charged by Lehighton police with taking a vehicle in the borough without permission. The second charge is for taking the vehicle of her grandmother without permission.

On the receiving charge she was placed on probation for two years while on the second count for six months, with the terms running consecutively. She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, and make restitution of $303. Nanovic also ruled the probation runs consecutive to a four to 23 months prison term she is currently serving in Schuylkill County.

Kyle Jeffrey Nace, 38, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-cocaine. He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office for his part in a controlled buy made in Lehighton.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, pay a fine of $1,500, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

Lisa Ann Depriest, 47, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI), a first offense. She was arrested on Nov. 25, 2012, along Apple St., in Bowmanstown. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.

She was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and not consume any alcohol during the period.

Jeffrey Alan Stevens, 44, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on July 22, 2011, along Mill St., by Nesquehoning police. Given a test, the result was .14BAC.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation. The term is consecutive to another DUI sentence he is currently serving.

Wesley Behler, 21, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Oct. 4, 2012, by Lehighton police who stopped him along Iron St. to execute a warrant for his arrest. During a routine patdown police found 21 oxycodone pills he did not have a prescription for.

He was sentenced to serve one to 12 months in prison, pay a fine of $500, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance on D&A use.

Behler is currently in the Lehigh County prison on a parole violation. The Carbon term runs concurrent with the Lehigh sentence.

Nicholas K. Mangold, 32, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Jan. 7, 2012, along Bankway in Lehighton by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .18BAC.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.

Alex J. Rehrig, 24, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Sept. 22, 2012, along Bridge St., in Lehighton, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

Sentencing was deferred.

Timothy W. Shultz, 38, of Kresgeville, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on March 18, 2012, along 57 Road, in Towamensing Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

Sentencing was deferred.

Michale L. Reinhart, 55, of Lehighton, pleaded to two counts of DUI in two pending cases. He was arrested on Sept. 22, 2012, by state police at Lehighton along SR248 in Palmerton. Given a test, the result was .20BAC. The second arrest occurred on Dec. 6, 2012, along Main St., in Jim Thorpe. Given a test, the result was .12BAC.

He was placed on probation for six months on each count, running consecutively, and must pay total fines of $600, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, and zero tolerance on D&A use.

Raymond Mario Watson, 52, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Oct. 6, 2012, along Bridge St., by Lehighton police. Given a test, the result was .22BAC.

Nanovic placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.

Kari Hundley, 23, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on March 13 at the intersection of Center and East Sixth streets in that Jim Thorpe by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .14BAC. She was previously placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders but was revoked from it.

She was placed on probation for six months, and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation for parole.