UPPER DUBLIN — An Upper Providence woman must answer to charges in Montgomery County Court that she allegedly stole more than $154,000 from an Upper Dublin nonprofit organization where she worked as a payroll manager.
Angela Kim Nadeau, 42, of the 100 block of Providence Forge Road, waived her preliminary hearing on Thursday before District Court Judge Patricia Zaffarano on charges of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception, unlawful use of computer, forgery and identity theft in connection with alleged incidents that occurred between November 2017 and November 2020, while she worked at The Kintock Group, a nonprofit organization that provides reentry services to offenders as they are released from incarceration and transition back into society.
Nadeau next faces a formal arraignment hearing in county court, at which a judge will set a trial date.
Nadeau posted $75,000 cash bail through a bonding company and remains free while awaiting trial.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Daniels is prosecuting the case. Defense lawyer Joshua Marc Rudolph represents Nadeau, according to court records.
An investigation began on Dec. 16, 2020, when representatives of The Kintock Group contacted Upper Dublin police to report that they had discovered a theft by Nadeau, who also went by the name Angela Claussen, who was the organization’s payroll manager, according to a criminal complaint filed by Upper Dublin Detective Kevin Michael Shanahan.
Nadeau had worked out of the organization’s Fort Washington headquarters.
Company managers told detectives they had discovered that a former employee was still being issued paychecks after the employee had filed for unemployment assistance. Company officials subsequently determined that the paychecks actually were being directly deposited into a bank account linked to Nadeau, according to the criminal complaint.
When company officials reviewed the internal payroll system they found that Nadeau allegedly had changed the banking information for the former employee to reflect Nadeau’s personal bank account. Officials initially discovered that about $12,000 in unauthorized paychecks had been issued in the name of the former employee but were subsequently deposited in Nadeau’s bank account, according to the arrest affidavit.
When two company officials confronted Nadeau about the alleged scheme in November 2020, she reportedly apologized for the theft, “attributing her actions to personal issues,” Shanahan alleged in the arrest affidavit. Nadeau was fired and later sent text messages to the two managers apologizing again and “asking if there was anything she could do about the situation,” according to court papers.
After firing Nadeau, the company initiated a full audit of its financial records for the time period that Nadeau was employed by the organization and discovered additional alleged thefts by Nadeau, according to the criminal complaint.
Detectives who reviewed the records alleged that between 2017 and 2020 Nadeau issued 88 unauthorized paychecks using the personal information of 20 different former employees of The Kintock Group and deposited the checks in her personal bank accounts.
Specifically, investigators alleged Nadeau changed the direct deposit information on the employee records so the unauthorized checks were deposited into bank accounts that were in her name and for her personal use. Court documents do not indicate how Nadeau used the alleged stolen funds.
But detectives alleged they discovered 1,626 debit transactions associated with Nadeau’s bank account via debit/credit card purchases or cash withdrawals at ATMs.
Detectives alleged Nadeau’s theft totaled $154,535.68.