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Former county employee is accused of theft

A former Lancaster County employee was arrested last week on charges related to embezzlement and other alleged crimes.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division, Lancaster County's risk manager, Donna Gail Robinson, 36, of 2703 Norfolk Road, Lancaster, is accused of embezzling roughly $15,000 in public and employee money from Lancaster County agencies from December 2006 until June 2008. She is also accused of forging checks on the Lancaster County Safety Committee bank account and keeping the funds.

Reached by phone Wednesday, Robinson declined to comment.

County Administrator Steve Willis said that the county is insured for the money officials claim is missing from the government accounts. The money from the safety committee account is not insured, he said. That account was traditionally used to collect funds raised by county employees for charitable donation, such as Relay for Life.

According to a warrant, a county employee reported suspicious activity to Willis, who reported it to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. SLED handled the investigation.

“It's public money,” Willis said. “I hold public employees to a higher standard. We simply do not tolerate that.”