Montgomery County Detectives arrested a 34-year-old Zionsville woman Monday on charges she stole more than $1,600 from Pennsburg Assisted Care in Pennsburg in addition to fraudulently obtaining $8,000 in unemployment benefits.
Authorities said Christina M. Huskin, of the 6200 block of Indian Creek Road, was arrested Monday and was arraigned in Red Hill District Court Tuesday on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, access device fraud, tampering with public records and related offenses.
Judge Catherine Hummel-Fried set bail at $25,000 unsecured Tuesday. Huskin was later released. She is being represented by Christopher Mullaney, Esq. of Red Hill.
According to court documents, Huskin worked at Pennsburg Assisted Care, formerly known as Park Avenue Manor, at 68 Main St. and, from November 2011 through December 2012, she received more than $4,000 worth of gift cards meant for residents at the home’s annual Christmas party.
But instead of giving all the gift cards to residents, police said Huskin kept some for herself and made personal purchases with them, including DVD and Blu-Ray movies,, iTunes, two Nintendo DSI game systems, toys and clothing and nose and tongue piercings, among other items.
Police said Huskin was interviewed in April 2013 and admitted to making the personal purchases using the funds for herself and her family as well as other staff members at Pennsburg Assisted Care. The purchases totaled $1,670.96.
Huskin was also investigated by the Montgomery County Detectives Bureau and the U.S. Dept. of Labor for working at the facility and collecting unemployment benefits from the state and federal governments, according to court papers.
Authorities said Huskin lied about not working during times she was employed by Pennsburg Assisted Care, between Sept. 19, 2009 and Dec. 21, 2012 and collected a total of $8,267 in unemployment compensation payments.
Huskin is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Oct. 8 in Red Hill District Court.