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Woman charged with taking money from Pa. YMCA

May 26, 2004|BY RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., woman has been charged with four counts of theft after auditors at the Chambersburg YMCA found more than $104,000 in cash missing over a 3 1/2-year period, according to the Chambersburg Police Department.

Christine L. Boone, 35, of 825 Knob Hill, was released on $25,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 1.

According to the affidavit of probable cause on file in District Justice Gary Carter's office, Boone is charged with four counts of theft by deception involving:

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- $29,144 from the YMCA between January and December 2004.

- $21,507 between January and December 2001.

- $39,055 between January and December 2002.

- $14,762 between January and July 2003.

Court records said the allegations include manipulation of daily deposits.

Boone also is charged with four counts of theft by failure to make required dispositions of funds, court records said.

The charges are third-degree felonies.

According to the affidavit, David Matthews, executive director of the YMCA at 570 McKinley Ave., said the thefts were discovered during a membership audit in November that determined large sums of money could not be accounted for.

That led to a detailed audit of the daily accounting operations going back to January 2000. The audit, which included a reconstruction of the daily deposits through bank records compared to computer-generated end-of-daily reports, determined that more than $104,000 had not been deposited into the YMCA's account for more than 3 1/2 years, court records said.

The audit further determined that a pattern of manipulation of daily deposit records, along with falsification of computer entries, enabled cash to be taken on a daily basis without fear of discovery because the total deposits appeared to reconcile, court records said.

Matthews said Tuesday that the YMCA is insured against the theft and that none of the money that was taken was part of the facility's ongoing capital fund drive.

He said Boone was a systems administrator who had worked at the YMCA since 1997.

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