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Booster club treasurer stole $60K, police say

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Dauphin County woman has been arrested for stealing more than $60,000 in funds from three Susquehanna Township sports organizations where she had been treasurer.

Lesley Darrin, 38, was charged with three felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, township police said Friday.

Police said they began investigating Darrin after money went missing from the bank account of the Susquehanna Township Midget Football Association.

Darrin had been the treasurer of the organization and was suspected of taking money from the account in unauthorized transactions, police said.

The investigation eventually revealed that Darrin was also treasurer for the Susquehanna Township High School Softball Booster Club and the Susquehanna Township High School Girls Basketball Booster Club.

It was found that there was missing money from those organizations as well, police said.

Court papers indicate $27,317 was missing from the midget football association, while more than $4,000 was missing from the basketball booster club and nearly $28,900 was gone from the softball booster club since 2010.

According to the criminal complaint, Darrin used the money for mortgage payments, car payments, college payments for her daughter, and also made cash withdrawals and retail purchases when the family was on vacation in North Carolina in July.

She told police she was trying to "keep up with the Joneses," the document states.

She also told investigators that every time she made a withdrawal, she thought about how "stupid" she was. She said and her biggest concern was that her children would find out, the document states.

Darrin was arraigned and sent to Dauphin County Prison on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for September 17.

 

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