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$1M Stolen by Bensalem School District Employees, Police Say

Bensalem Police are announcing the arrests of current and former school district employees in relation to more than $1 million in thefts from Bensalem School District.

Former and current school district employees are being arrested this morning for their involvement in thefts totalling more than $1 million from Bensalem School District, police said.

Bensalem Police will hold a press conference to announce the arrests at 10 a.m. at the Bensalem School District office.

Those arrested will then be processed at the police department before being arraigned later this morning at the District Court of Judge Leonard J. Brown, at 2404 Byberry Road.

Check back to Patch as we will update with more details after the press conference. 

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20 Arrested in $1.5M Bensalem Conspiracy Probe

Tom Sofield February 13, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Here's the latest story on the arrests: http://bensalem.patch.com/articles/20-arrested-in-1-5-million-bensalem-conspiracy-cases#photo-13357645
Cindy Kamm February 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I am livid, and have written a letter to the Mayor!!!! We struggle to pay our taxes, and then they are increased. And now, we find out we have been robbed. This is awful news for the residents of Bensalem.
Carol Ann February 15, 2013 at 04:23 AM
The horribly irresponsible and dangerous bad behavior of these school employees and the lack of notice by the previous superintendent, current school administration, until a citizen blew the whistle, is just more evidence HB/SB76 needs to be done ASAP. School board levying a School Property Tax on property owners to fund the vast majority of school district spending dates back to the 1830's. About ten years ago, our Pennsylvania state legislature figured out, how-to abolish the school board's authority to seize your home for non-payment of the school tax and completely eliminate, not merely rebate, refund, abate, reduce, or exempt part of the school property tax, shifting the funding away from the comparatively limited budgets and mostly fixed incomes of property owners into the pockets of everyone in the state who can afford to buy non-essential goods and services and by increasing the earned income tax from the current 3.1% to 4 or 5%. The net gain to the average Pennsylvania property owner is almost $300./month more in your pocket to buy some of those non-essential goods and services, or to pay off a loan sooner, or to buy better food to feed your family, $300./month to buy better health insurance, remodel or just fix something, etc. Pennsylvania HB/SB76 abolishes your school board's authority to take your house away from you. Property owners and therefore renters, no longer have to pay "rent" to the school board.
Carol Ann February 15, 2013 at 04:34 AM
CK., your local school district is funded by an antiqued funding system that dates back to the 1830's whereupon your school board is granted the authority to levy a School Property Tax on homeowners, renters [because a portion of their rent goes to pay this tax through the property owner], and commercial property owners. In Pennsylvania, your school board collects 75-80% of what their yearly expenses are directly from property owners. The remaining 20-25% is paid by all taxpayers via the state legislature and governor's office. ......................... Anytime a property owner does NOT pay the School Property Tax, the school board, via the county tax office, can seize the property. Property owners are actually paying rent to the school board forever. ................ I belong to a group of over a 1,000 property owners trying to get rid of the tax altogether. You can help by joining us [for free] and telling your senator(s) and representative(s) to vote FOR HB/SB76 .
Matthew March 06, 2013 at 10:48 PM
And people keep voting the same guys in!!!! Good Luck!

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