By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The attorney for a former Philadelphia court supervisor says his client will plead not guilty after being charged by a grand jury with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bail money.

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Steven Martorano, 42, allegedly stole more than $150,000 during 2010 and 2011, while he supervised the bail acceptance unit at the Curran-Fromhold Prison, on State Road.

A grand jury charged that Martorano took advantage of lax supervision by the now-defunct Clerk of Quarter Sessions to steal the money because struggling business ventures has put him in a “precarious financial state.”

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But defense attorney Michael DeFino says Martorano will plead not guilty.

“He asserts his innocence,” DeFino said today.  “It’s a highly circumstantial case where a number of people could have taken these funds.”

Charges against Martorano include theft and tampering with public records.  He is currently free on bail.

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