An Elizabethville woman is accused of embezzling more than $38,000 while she was treasurer of the Lykens Little Tigers youth football organization.
Julie A. Rupp, 47, is charged with a felony count of theft by unlawful taking. Investigators say she stole $38,437.92 in organization funds from 2014 to 2017 and spent the money on herself.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division, Rupp was responsible for paying invoices, collecting registration fees for players, and making deposits from fundraising events and game concession stands. She was issued a debit card to make purchases for the team.
Members of the board of directors began receiving information in January that several invoices billed to Lykens Little Tigers were still outstanding from 2015 and 2016. Board members tried several times to have their names added to the bank account, but Rupp continually failed to show up for appointments established for that purpose, the complaint states.
When board members finally gained access to the bank account in March, the balance was $15.36. A review of the account showed that Rupp was not making all deposits of funds. Many deposits were short and others were missing completely.
The account also showed that Rupp used her Lykens Little Tigers debit card to make purchases for her own personal benefit, including paying her own insurance, phone, and electricity bills, according to the complaint.
Rupp admitted to investigators that she falsified her treasurer reports to make it look like the bank account had more money than it actually did. She also admitted to not depositing all funds into the account and keeping the money for herself, and she said she used the debit card for her own benefit on multiple occasions, detectives said in the complaint.
Rupp was released after an arraignment Wednesday. She also waived a preliminary hearing in the case, according to court records.
The Upper Dauphin Area School District confirmed that Rupp is a teacher at the elementary school.
The school district is deeply troubled by these allegations and will begin its own investigation of this matter,” district superintendent Evan Williams said in a statement. “In the meantime, the school district intends to immediately address Ms. Rupp’s continued employment status with the school district based upon these allegations of criminal conduct.”
“The school district does not condone the theft any of funds, but most especially booster club funds which were donated and/or raised to support athletic activities for our local school-aged children,” Williams said.