Pa. animal shelter embezzler freed until sentence

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge says a man who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $422,000 from a northwestern Pennsylvania animal shelter and one of his private clients can be released from jail — but will be confined to his North Carolina home — until he’s sentenced Oct. 8.

Federal prosecutors in Erie had objected to 48-year-old Richard Danz’s release because he uprooted his family and moved to Matthews, N.C. days after FBI agents searched his St. Marys home last August. Danz contends he wasn’t hiding from the FBI, but federal prosecutors disagreed.

Danz pleaded guilty in April to stealing money from the Elk County Humane Society in St. Marys, where he volunteered as accountant and treasurer until June 2012. He then stole money from a private client to cover up the shelter thefts.

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