Woman charged with stealing funds
A Pottsville woman, formerly of Carbon County, has been arrested and charged with stealing money from her father.
Nesquehoning police arrested Lori Ann Christman, 30, of 509A Carbon St., Pottsville, for theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Police Chief Sean Smith said he has been after Christman for about four months on the charges. She was once declared a fugitive. On July 19 Smith was able to take Christman into custody. She was arraigned before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek, of Lansford, who set bail at $2,000 straight cash.
According to Smith, on June 21, 2010, he was contacted by Christman's identical twin sister, Linda Mokshefski, who said that she believed that her sister had taken $14,000 from their father, Michael Mokshefski. The money was in a Bank of America account in Mokshefski's name.
Through the course of the investigation it was learned that Christman presented to bank personnel a letter showing she had power of attorney for her father. The bank gave her $4,000 in cash.
Mokshefski, at the time of the incidents, was an inmate in the Carbon County prison facing murder and related charges. He since entered a plea to criminal counts and was sentenced to a long state prison term.
Mokshefski, during the course of the investigation, indicated he felt Christman was receiving his Social Security checks and cashing them. The checks were about $1,000 a month. He told police he believed she had taken about $10,500 in SS monies.
The investigation continued and Christman was located at her Pottsville address. She was contacted by Smith and said she had power of attorney to withdraw the money and admitted cashing the Social Security checks, but had permission to do so. Smith said he needed to interview her and Christman said she would call him back to arrange a meeting.
Smith said she never called back and he made contact with her on March 1 and left a message on her phone to contact him and provide the paperwork for the power of attorney she said she had. Christman gave the name of the attorney involved.
The attorney was contacted by Smith who said that Christman had power of attorney, however, she was only to take money from the account for use for her father, not herself. She had told Smith she used the $4,000 to buy a car as hers broke down. The attorney also said she had no right to cash his Social Security checks.
Smith again attempted to have Christman meet him for an interview and she never responded. She was then picked up and charged.