Harrisburg woman facing charges after allegedly breaking into
DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. UPDATE:Nichole Collins has been placed on immediate temporary suspension, according to theDisciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. The suspension will take effect on February 24, 2018.
PREVIOUSLY: A Harrisburg woman is facing charges after allegedly stealing from the law firm who employed her, breaking into the firm, stealing employee credit cards, and vandalizing the building and equipment.
On November 20, the Attorney General office accepted a conflict on interest referral from the Dauphin County District Attorney Office to assume jurisdiction of the investigation of Collins, who is married to the Deputy District Attorney Joel Hogentogler.
Towards the end of July 2017, the law firm accountant called Jeff Engle to see if their check writing policy had changed because checks made out to were signed and cashed by Collins. After being confronted, Collins admitted to her co workers that she had stolen the money. She was then terminated on August 14, 2017, and was advised she was no longer permitted on the premises of the law firm office, located in the 2200 block of Forest Hills Drive.
In September 2017, police received notice that an employee of the law firm had been stealing from its account which had been set up so that attorneys employed by the firm could pay for items such as filing fees and court reporters for cases.
On December 7, Engle contacted police saying that files from his office went missing, including the file he had put together on Collins and her criminal acts. Additionally, computer equipment was doused with an unknown sticky substance that made items unusable.
That substance was found again in other areas of the office building between December 23 and 27, causing a over $3,000 in damage to the property and equipment.
Additionally, an office employee said that her bag, which contained person credit cards, was stolen.
On December 28, the victim credit cards were attempted to be used at a Wendy in York, but it was rejected and the person then paid in cash. The Wendy employee gave a description of the suspect: a white female with blonde hair in her mid thirties.