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Woman charged with white collar crimes was youth league president

People who are placed in positions of power for non-profit organizations are entrusted with a great deal responsibility. Sometimes, those people make the mistake of using some of that money for personal reasons, then don’t have answers when someone wants to know where the money has gone. White collar crimes, such as theft and fraud, can lead to high fines, jail time, and public shame for the rest of person’s life. If you have questions about white collar crimes, call our firm for a free consultation at 412-219-6875 . Yesterday, it was reported that the former president of Albert Gallatin Youth Football League in Fayette County used $24,102 of the nonprofit football and cheerleading youth league’s money to buy cosmetics, ammunition, groceries, and other items. The 33-year-old woman from New Salem has been charged by state police and the district attorney’s office out of Uniontown with theft by failure to make required disposition of funds. The criminal complaint show that she took $24,102 from the league’s bank account for personal use. She allegedly changed the league’s bylaws to allow the president to sign the league’s checks without the signature of the vice president. Records show she made at least 290 fraudulent transactions on the league’s account two years ago, including nearly $14,000 in ATM withdrawals and fees. Other transactions show she bought baby items, cosmetics, groceries, downloadable music, rounds of ammunition, and DVDs. During the arraignment, the league’s former treasurer showed up to tell the judge the league realized there was missing money when there was no money to pay for football and cheerleading uniforms, and had to cancel its banquet two years ago. “The money was gone and we couldn’t pay for the uniforms,” the woman said, saying that the organization relies mostly on donations and fundraising support for more than one hundred children in the league. The financial turmoil for the league continued in 2014, when the league was struggling to buy new uniforms. Police were able to obtain a search warrant on the woman’s computer and mobile phone. Police say some texts indicated she was financially troubled. On the woman’s computer, police say she may have Googled “stealing from youth football leagues” in January 2014. If you have questions about theft crimes, call Pittsburgh white collar crimes lawyer Gary Gerson today for a free consultation at 412-219-6875 . Source: TribLive.com, “Fayette woman accused of stealing $24K from youth football league” 21 May 2015

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