March 23, 2012 by staff
Compulsive Shopping, Betty Jean Barachie of Kunkletown, Pa., was sentenced to 27 months in prison in 2006 for embezzling $1.5 million over eight years from the credit union where she was a branch manager.
She used the money to buy, among many, many other things, hundreds of pairs of shoes, more than 3,000 books, 58 coats, 16 chain saws and a $25,000 John Deere tractor. A psychologist called as a witness at her trial testified that she was a compulsive shopper.
Most of the items she bought sat piled in her house unused, with the price tags still on them. The psychologist said Barachie was depressed to the point of being suicidal about her inability to stop spending money.
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