More charges filed against cemetery worker accused of stealing money for memorial

(Columbia Borough Police Department)

COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) – An employee of a Lancaster County cemetery accused of stealing money that was meant for a granite memorial is facing more charges.

Edward Knee, 40, of Brogue, was employed by Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens when he entered into a contract with the victim and accepted a payment of $2,491, Columbia police said.

Police said Knee then created unauthorized invoices that he gave to the victim, and he filed a fraudulent address for the victim with his company. The account was eventually closed due to nonpayment and the memorial was not ordered.

Knee was previously charged with a felony count of theft by deception.

Columbia police on Thursday announced he is now facing four counts of forgery and five counts of theft by unlawful taking.

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