Hearing for Berks insurance agent charged with theft scheduled

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9 for a Berks County man charged with theft of more than $255,000 in Worker’s Compensation insurance premiums.
According to workerscompensation .com, Joseph A. Maurer, 58, of Mohnton, who owned and operated Commonwealth Professional Group, Reading, is accused of taking more than $188,000 from Bally Borough and South Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Salisbury Township, Lehigh County and Earl Township in Lancaster County. He also allegedly misdirected $67,000 in premium payments on behalf of several clients.
Maurer is charged with three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, which are third-degree felonies and punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines. He was arraigned Oct. 12 before Reading Magisterial District Judge Phyllis J. Kowalski and released on $850,000 unsecured bail.
The Nov. 9 hearing will be before Magisterial District Judge Kowalski and the case will be prosecuted in Berks County by Deputy Attorney General John T. Dickinson of the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section.

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