A Felton woman faces federal charges for allegedly stealing more than $1.2 million from a charity she used to work for.

Christine S. DeJuliis, 51, is accused of stealing money from the Bon-Ton Stores Foundation between January 2003 and July 2009, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

DeJuliis was charged in a six-count indictment handed up by the grand jury in Harrisburg on Wednesday, according to the news release. The U.S. Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation.

The Bon-Ton Stores Foundation supports other nonprofits "with a focus on community health, youth and serving the economically disadvantaged," according to an emailed statement from foundation spokeswoman Kim Paone.

DeJuliis began working for the foundation in an administrative capacity in 1999, according to the news release. She allegedly "created fictitious businesses with bank accounts and then devised a scheme to have the foundation appear to award grants to the businesses," according to the news release.

DeJuliis allegedly transferred the money into her personal accounts.

The foundation became aware of "improper activity" in 2009, referred the matter to federal law-enforcement officials and cooperated during the investigation, Paone said.

"Since 2009, the foundation has put new board officers and members in place to oversee the donation process as well as implemented new internal controls and policies," Paone said.


Reached by phone Thursday, DeJuliis declined to comment.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, DeJuliis was fired in 2009.

She is charged with five counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.

The indictment also indicates the government's intention to retrieve the allegedly stolen money from DeJuliis, according to Heidi Havens, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

DeJuliis faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each charge.

- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.