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Kennett recoups $80K of $3.2 million

Kennett Township has recovered to date about $80,000 of the more than $3.2 million that was allegedly embezzled by the former township manager and has filed a claim on a $1 million surety bond that Lisa Moore had when she worked for the township. Both the recovery and the claim processes are in the early stages, current Township Manager Eden Ratliff said at ...

 
 

Leff to chair Kennett Twp. Board

Richard Leff was named the new chairman of the Kennett Township Board of Supervisors on Monday night. In nominating Leff, former chairman Scudder Stevens mentioned Leff’s increased role in the months following the start of the investigation into former township Manager Lisa Moore’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. “Last April when we discovered the ...

 

No tax increase in Kennett Township

In 2020, Kennett Township supervisors will help support the new library construction — but without the use of a tax increase. But sewer rates are going up. The supervisors unanimously approved the township’s 2020 budgets in a special meeting Monday night. The township will still contribute toward the new library, but the money in 2020 will come from an expected ...

 

Supervisors’ competence challenged

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night to demand answers from the Kennett Township supervisors about why it took so long to discover the former township manager’s alleged embezzlement of more than $3 million. The Red Clay Room was standing-room-only for the almost four-hour-long meeting. Many in the audience called for the supervisors to resign and questioned ...

 

Longwood Gardens wins award

America voted and Longwood Gardens has been named the winner of the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights by USA TODAY’s 2019 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards! With over 500,000 outdoor lights, and fountains that dance to holiday classics, Longwood won the contest sponsored by USA Today and 10Best.com, topping a list of 20 botanical gardens from across the U.S. Rounding ...

 

A timeline of embezzlement

The following timeline of events relating to the criminal charges against former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore contains information from the Chester County District Attorney’s press release dated Dec. 10, a 43-page criminal complaint filed by county detectives, a Kennett Township press release dated Dec. 10, and Kennett Township Board of Supervisors’ meetings ...

 

Former Kennett manager arrested for embezzlement

Addendum: See below Former Kennett Township Manager Lisa Moore was arrested for embezzling more than $3 million from the township, according to a press release from the Chester County District Attorney’s office. The arrest follows months of investigation. It was reported in April that the fraud department of Capital One — the township bank — “had found a number of ...

 

Kennett eyes temporary tax increase

The Kennett Township Board of Supervisors voted to advertise a preliminary version of the 2020 budget Wednesday night that contains a temporary tax increase to fund construction of the new library and also a sewer rate increase for some residents and businesses. It also contains suggestions to hold public meetings next year to develop, including a capital plan for ...

 

Kennett finance investigation continuing

Kennett Township supervisors continue to plan out their next steps following the anticipated conclusion of the Chester County district attorney’s investigation into suspected financial irregularities in the township’s financial accounts. There is no word on when the investigation will be finished. But once the district attorney and a forensic accountant release their ...

 

Budget talks underway in Kennett Twp.

The Kennett Township supervisors will continue the 2020 budget discussion at a special meeting Monday, where they are expected to discuss the possibility of a sewer rate increase. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the township building. The township manager and finance director discussed the general fund budget with the supervisors and the public at Wednesday’s ...

 

Kennett financial investigations continue

As dual investigations continue into suspicious transactions in financial accounts earlier this year, Kennett Township supervisors continue to take steps to improve the financial and administrative health of the township. Those steps include: Hiring a full-time financial/human resources director; Hiring a human resources consultant to help the township craft ...