Woman stole $530K from work to fund slot machine addiction, lawyer says

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) – The attorney for a Middletown woman charged with stealing $530,000 from two insurance agencies says she’s addicted to slot machines.

Attorney Herbert Goldstein says 65-year-old Diane Fabian is cooperating with authorities and undergoing counseling for the gambling that fueled the thefts from Woolf Strite Insurance and Don Jacobs Insurance in Lower Paxton Township.

She waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday and must now stand trial or work out a plea deal with Dauphin County prosecutors. Authorities say she stole $195,000 from Jacobs since January 2011. That firm is buying out Woolf Strite where Fabian worked for 36 years and allegedly stole another $334,000 from 2008 until 2010.

Goldstein says Fabian is apologetic and lost the money she stole playing slots, mostly at the Hollywood Casino in Grantville.

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