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Former courier pleads guilty to stealing $245k in cash from Main Line Health

MEDIA, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Raashid Jamaal Barfield, a former Priority Express courier, pleaded guilty and was sentenced 18 to 36 months for stealing cash that he was supposed to be securely transporting for Main Line Health. Raashid Jamaal Barfield, 34, of the 600 block of Littlecroft Road in Upper Darby, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, a felony of the second degree, and was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison followed by six years of probation and restitution, before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D. Scanlon. The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney William J. Judge, Jr. Barfield was arrested on theft charges on May 3, 2018, following an investigation by Detective Michele Deery of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Economic Crime Unit. An investigation was launched following a report by Main Line Health of suspected fraud being committed by Raashid Barfield, a contracted courier employed by Priority Express. In Delaware County, Main Line Health has numerous physicians’ offices. Main Line Health contracts to Priority Express, a courier service, for pickups at their various offices for samples of blood, cash, and check payments. At the end of the day, employees are required to drop off all checks to Wells Fargo Bank in Philadelphia, and cash pickups are required to be dropped off at the Brinks Company in Philadelphia. A log is kept of all activities. On January 19, 2018, CID Detective Michele Deery was provided a list of Main Line Health stops from Priority Express for the suspect, Raashid Barfield. As part of the investigation, CID detectives followed Barfield to and from those stops, which included cash pickups. Detectives stopped Barfield at the end of his daily route, and a search of his car revealed a large amount of cash secreted in his center console. After review of the pickup logs, it was determined that the log that Barfield provided to Brinks was fraudulent. Investigation revealed that Barfield has picked up various cash bags and had not logged in those pickups. According to Priority Express, Barfield also had been turning off the GPS system on his phone, which is required to be used by employees during working hours. During an interview with CID detectives, Barfield admitted to the theft, stating that he started taking cash from the pickups when he was shorthanded for his personal bills. The thefts starting shortly after his employment began in the summer of 2016. He first stole $1,000 in cash from the Main Line Health complex located on the 3800 block of West Chester Pike in Newtown Square. According to the investigation it was determined that this location had a significant about of cash missing over the past 18 months. Barfield further stated that to prevent his theft from being detected, he would make a log sheet without those offices on it and would submit this fraudulently manufactured log. Following a full cash audit by Main Line Health and Priority Express, from August 2016 to January 2018, Barfield stole $245,802. “Over two years, Mr. Barfield’s greed grew and surmounted into the significant theft of thousands of dollars in cash. Now, as a convicted felon, he is facing the consequences of his greed, and must repay all of the money he stole,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland “His fraudulent actions are not only a betrayal of his employer, but also besmirch the many hardworking individuals who conduct their delivery duties in an honest and diligent manner. I would like to commend Main Line Health for bringing this matter to our attention, along with Priority Express and Brinks Company for their full cooperation and assistance with this complicated investigation. I commend Detective Michele Deery for the outstanding forensic accounting abilities she demonstrated in this case, and commend Assistant District Attorney William J. Judge, Jr., who prosecuted this economic crime.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: January 25, 2019 CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252