Pa. woman pleads guilty in YMCA theft case

August 31, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., woman charged with the theft of $104,000 from the Chambersburg YMCA over a 31/2-year period pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Court to two counts of theft by deception.

Christal L. Boone, 36, of 825 Knob Hill Road, had been charged with four counts each of theft by deception and theft to make required disposition of funds, all third-degree felonies, according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney Nancy Meyers said the charges Boone pleaded guilty to before Judge Richard Walsh are first-degree misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to five years in prison. Meyers said, however, the District Attorney's Office is recommending she be placed on probation when she is sentenced Oct. 26.


"I'm glad the court proceedings are finally coming to a conclusion," said YMCA Executive Director David Matthews. He said it has been nearly two years since an audit discovered the money was missing.

Boone was a computer systems administrator with the YMCA during the period when the money disappeared, Matthews said. Most of the YMCA's losses were covered by insurance, he said.

Meyers said the issue of restitution to be paid by Boone has yet to be determined.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the shortage of funds was discovered during the course of a membership audit. The audit "revealed a pattern of manipulation of daily deposit records along with falsification of computer entries" that made collections by the YMCA appear to match bank records, the affidavit stated.

Meyers said Boone falsified records to cover the theft of cash paid to the YMCA by its members.

Chambersburg police said $29,144 was taken in 2000; $21,507 in 2001; $39,055 in 2002; and $14,762 in the first half of 2003.

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