Ardmore woman admits to $394K theft from Main Line employer

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NORRISTOWN — An Ardmore woman has admitted to stealing nearly $400,000 from the Main Line roofing company for which she worked, using an embezzlement scheme to support “a lavish lifestyle,” including vacation trips and cosmetic surgery for buttock augmentation.

Tiarah Tiffany Brokenborough, 30, of the 100 block of Elm Avenue in Ardmore, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to felony charges of dealing in proceeds of illegal activities and theft by unlawful taking in connection with incidents that occurred between October 2018 and March 2020 while she was a bookkeeper at Hynes Roofing and Siding.

Judge Thomas P. Rogers deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigation report about Brokenborough, who remains free on bail pending that sentencing hearing.

The open plea means Brokenborough has no deals with prosecutors regarding her potential sentence. Rogers will have sole discretion in fashioning the sentence after hearing arguments from Assistant District Attorney Scott Frame and defense lawyer Eugene Tinari.

Brokenborough faces a possible maximum sentence of 13½ to 27 years in prison. However, state sentencing guidelines could allow for a lesser sentence.

Frame vowed to seek a state prison term against Brokenborough.

“She spent that money on a lavish lifestyle which included flying around the country going to different sports games…and also she spent it on body augmentation. She spent every last dime and unfortunately as a result of this, the victims in this case, an elderly couple that had worked their whole lives to build this roofing company, has now effectively lost their retirement,” Frame added.

“We’re absolutely going to be seeking a state prison sentence in this case because it’s such egregious conduct to live a lavish lifestyle and destroy someone’s dreams for retirement,” Frame added.

With the charges, prosecutors alleged Brokenborough used company credit cards to run up personal bills totaling more than $394,000. Prosecutors alleged Brokenborough used the credit cards to pay for airline tickets, restaurant dining, vacation expenses, rent and tickets to a Drake concert and pro sporting events. Brokenborough also paid $5,865 to a plastic surgeon for liposuction and buttock augmentation, court documents alleged.

An investigation began in March 2020, when the owners of the roofing company, located along Sibley Avenue, contacted Lower Merion police to report the theft by Brokenborough. The company’s accountant discovered the theft after being contacted by one of the credit card companies regarding a $59,000 outstanding balance, according to the criminal complaint filed by Lower Merion Detective Edward Sarama.

Officials from the company said they believed the card had been canceled 18 months earlier. It was later determined that the address for the card was changed to a home in Lansdowne where Brokenborough was living at the time. The balance on the card was being paid through the company’s Bryn Mawr Trust bank account, investigators said.

According to the criminal complaint, a Lower Merion detective retrieved photos of Brokenborough through her iCloud account showing her at places such as a 76ers game, a Dallas Cowboys game in Dallas, nightclubs, a concert and other places. When checking information coded into the digital photos, many of them matched up with dates and locations where the credit cards were used, according to court documents.

“As a result of my investigation, I believe that Tiarah Brokenborough is responsible for the theft of $394,412.44 from Hynes Roofing and Siding by way of fraudulent credit card use and theft from the company checking account,” Sarama wrote in the criminal complaint. “Brokenborough was in a position of trust in the company as the bookkeeper and used that trust to gain access to the Hynes personal information and business accounts. She used those accounts to finance fine dining, vacations, attendance at sports events and plastic surgery.”

When he announced Brokenborough’s arrest in November 2020, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said Brokenborough breached a trust.

“This family-owned business was taken advantage of by someone they trusted. Sadly, it’s not completely uncommon,” Steele said at the time. “This is a reminder that every business and non-profit organization needs to have checks on a bookkeeper or treasurer, so more than one person has control and oversight of the monetary activity. It’s the only way to be assured the business or organization’s money is safe.”

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