Part-time Pa. farm worker charged with stealing $900,000 from job

    Prosecutors say a part-time painter at a Pennsylvania farm stole more than $900,000 from his employers to fund a lavish lifestyle that included luxury cars, jewelry, a trip to the Bahamas and private schools for his children.

    Clifton Willson was arrested Thursday and faces nearly 300 charges including theft, forgery and related offenses.

    Officials said 35-year-old Willson of Bryn Mawr stole 148 blank checks from the owners of Hartwood Farm, in Willistown Township, between May 2014 and February.

    According to the criminal complaint, he used the $927,100 in forged checks to buy two Maseratis, a Porsche SUV, a Land Rover, jewelry from Tiffany and Cartier and a rental home, among other items.Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Willson has been cooperative. A phone message seeking comment from Willson wasn’t returned Thursday.

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