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Theft charges held for ex-Coaldale treasurer

Charges against Anissa Marie Nunemacher, the former treasurer of Coaldale Borough and a Schuylkill County employee, have been held for court after a preliminary hearing.

Nunemacher is charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property after charges were filed by the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s office. She is charged with taking $20,351.93.

James Conville, her attorney, said they are looking forward to reviewing the evidence in the case. Nunemacher was hired as a fiscal officer for Schuylkill County Children and Youth effective July 6 at a salary of $54,992.

“She’s suspended pending the investigation,” Conville said.

He did not know the day of the suspension.

“It was prior to the hearing,” Conville said.

An employee of the Schuylkill County Human Resources office said Nunemacher is still an employee. Human Resources Director Heidi Zula would not confirm if she is suspended.

“I can’t comment because it’s a personnel matter,” she said.

Commissioners unanimously voted at their Dec. 1 meeting to approve a contract with Service Access Management for fiscal management services for Children and Youth. The contact was a fee for service contract on a monthly basis of $21,000.

The case

Detective Edward Lizewski said the offenses allegedly took place between Nov. 18, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2019. An affidavit of probable cause shows Nunemacher was employed by Coaldale as a part-time treasurer for the aforementioned time period.

The borough council president contacted the Coaldale Borough police chief about the possible discovery of misappropriated money. Angela Krapf, borough council president, found Nunemacher had paid herself more than she was entitled to. Nunemacher agreed to repay funds after a meeting with borough officials, documents show.

A forensic audit/analysis conducted on bank transactions found Nunemacher had paid herself $1,044 in 2015, $1,014 in 2016, $7,825.17 in 2017, $7,072.11 in 2018 and $3,396.04 in 2019 without authorization. The borough has a copy of the report, but it has not been released. The Times News has filed a Right-to-Know request for a copy of the report.

The money was used for alleged payments for vacation and pay in excess of her contract amount of $16,350 annual payment.