A retired recorder of deeds from Berks County, Pa., who is living in Bluffton pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges she stole more than $153,000 while in office, according to the Reading (Pa.) Eagle.
Elba "Ellie" Antoine, 68, pleaded not guilty to felony charges of mail fraud and failing to list her full income on tax returns at her arraignment in U.S. District Court, according to court filings.
Antoine is accused of a variety of financial crimes after an investigation into the last four years of her tenure as the elected recorder of deeds, 2003 to 2007. The recorder of deeds records and maintains documents, including deeds and mortgages.
Her July 31 indictment says Antoine kept fees she received for document copying, pocketed money that should have been refunded and emptied her safe before leaving office, among other misdeeds. Antoine is also accused of failing to report $101,007 in income on her 2006 tax return and $96,392 on her 2007 return.