Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

July 3, 2013

Harrisburg man accused of stealing from state retirees

(Harrisburg, PA) Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced today the arrest of a Harrisburg man who is accused of stealing money from two state retirees by diverting their pension checks into a bank account he allegedly created for the purpose.

Sheldon Anthon Stephens, 25, of 335 Market Street in Harrisburg, faces three felony counts. Kane says Stephens was a paid intern in 2011 for the Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). His job duties gave him access to account information.

Stephens allegedly diverted one pension check, and attempted to divert the check of a second person, into a fictitious bank account before he was caught.

Stephens is charged with:

  • One count of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition.
  • One count of Criminal Attempt, Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, and
  • One count of Identity Theft.

Stephens surrendered to authorities this evening. His preliminary hearing has not been set. The case will be prosecuted in Dauphin County by Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye.
A person accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty.