SUNBURY — A Coal Township woman accused of stealing an access card from a client when she worked for the Northumberland County Assistance Office, and her 18-year-old son, have been charged by state police with access device fraud.
Jenifer Lee Curcie, 38, of 1471 Wabash St., was arraigned May 24 by Magisterial District Judge Michael Toomey on felonies of forgery, device fraud and tampering with public records or information, and misdemeanors of theft by unlawful taking, tampering with records or identification, identity theft and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
She was released on $5,000 unsecured bail and is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing June 26.
Her son, Trent J. Curcie, of the same address, was charged June 4 with misdemeanors of theft by unlawful taking and access device fraud.
All the charges were filed by Trooper David Boucher of state police at Stonington.
On May 5, Hailee Schreiber, of Dalmatia, came to the state police station to report that she applied for food stamps at the Northumberland County Assistance Office, 320 Chestnut St., Sunbury, at the beginning of April, but never received her access card in the mail.
Schreiber told police she went to the assistance office on May 3 and was informed her card was activated and used on April 19 for $107.36 at Weis Markets in the Anthra Plaza and April 25 for $208.64 at Weis Markets in Danville.
Police said Jenifer Curcie had access to Schreiber’s pin number, last four digits of her Social Security number and date of birth through her employment at the assistance office.
Jenifer Curcie is accused of purchasing $208.64 worth of food at Weis Markets with Schreiber’s access card on April 25.
Trent Curcie is accused of using the access card to purchase $107.36 in groceries at Weis Markets on April 19.
Trent Curcie said he received the access card from his mother, who he claimed got it from his grandmother, Donna Bonner. Trent Curcie said he did not look whose name was on the card prior to using it.
During a May 17 interview with police, Jenifer Curcie said she mailed a forged letter to Boucher in which she signed a fictitious name on a Northumberland County Assistance Office paper and other paperwork that was forged with her mother’s (Donna Bonner’s) information taped over the top of Schreiber’s information.
Upon contacting director Christine Dunn at the assistance office, Boucher learned there was nobody by the name forged by Curcie who worked at the assistance office.
On May 21, Lynn Litzelman of the Northumberland County Assistance Office told Boucher she found paperwork in the recycling box with Schreiber’s individual access issuance inquiry with information whited out and Bonner’s information taped over it.