Kennett Township Responds to Former Manager’s Guilty Plea

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CHADDS FORD, PA — The Board of Supervisors released the following statement on the guilty plea of Lisa Moore, former Kennett Township Manager, who was sentenced to state prison:

“On Monday afternoon, October 4, 2021, former Kennett Township manager Lisa Moore appeared in Chester County Court and admitted she stole $3.249 million from township residents. The admission came in response to questions from Common Pleas Court Judge David Bortner during Moore’s sentencing hearing.

“Monday was Moore’s day of public reckoning. The township’s once-trusted employee admitted to all that she had violated the trust placed in her. Her judicial presumption of innocence was removed by her guilty plea to five criminal counts, theft by deception, dealing in unlawful proceeds, forgery, tampering with public records and access device fraud.

“At the conclusion of the hearing, felon Lisa Moore was placed in handcuffs and led away by members of the county’s Sheriff’s office to begin her 3-to-10-year prison sentence and five years of probation. There were other conditions placed upon her, including forfeiting her pension and not being able to ever hold a fiduciary position for a government or non-profit entity.

“Importantly, Moore was ordered to repay the full $3.249 million amount she stole from the township. On Monday, she submitted a check for $1.27 million to repay a portion of the amount she stole. $82,000 being held in escrow was also released for a total recovery from her of $1.352 million on Monday. Proceeds from the sale of her township home will be added to that total when it is sold. In 2020, Kennett Township Supervisors engaged a professional recovery team from Philadelphia law firm Blank Rome to track down and recover additional funds from other sources. The Supervisors will report on their progress as negotiations conclude.

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“The Board of Supervisors and members of our staff attended Moore’s sentencing in West Chester. Vice-Chair Whitney Hoffman read a victim impact statement approved by all three members of the Board of Supervisors.

“Since the day the embezzlement was first discovered, we, as public officials, have all felt betrayed, angry and devastated. Nearly three years later, we still do. Regaining the public’s confidence will take decades, if it ever happens. Once betrayed, trust returns slowly.

“We once believed that Lisa Moore was reliable and honest. She was not.”

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