Former Financial Professional, Cheryl Lutts Charged With Embezzlement From Jewish Federation and The Philly POPS!
PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Cheryl Lutts, 42, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested and charged by Indictment on charges of wire fraud and mail fraud. These charges resulted from Lutts’ employment with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and its subsidiary, the Jewish Exponent, and later, the Encore Series, d/b/a The Philly POPS! Lutts is no longer employed by either non-profit organization.
The Indictment alleges that Lutts used her position as Director of Business Operations at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and later as Controller at the Philly POPS!, to steal money from each non-profit and use it to pay her personal credit card bills, and for a wide variety of personal expenses charged to company credit or debit cards including rideshare services, airline tickets, entertainment, travel and lodging, healthcare and exercise services, utilities, education and career services, legal services, funeral and burial services, clothing, food and alcohol, and other items from retail stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, websites, restaurants, and delivery services. The defendant is also charged with routinely using her personal credit cards and her corporate credit and debit cards to transfer company funds to various individuals who were not vendors of either non-profit using, among other things, PayPal and CashApp.