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Probation granted in YMCA theft case

March 02, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., woman convicted of stealing money from the Chambersburg YMCA was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 10 years on probation, but she still could face civil litigation from the YMCA's insurer.

Christal L. Boone, 37, of 825 Knob Hill Road, pleaded guilty Aug. 29 to two counts of theft by deception, according to court records.

The affidavit of probable cause stated that approximately $104,000 in YMCA funds could not be accounted for between January 2000 and July 2003. The missing funds were discovered as a result of a membership audit completed in 2004.

"The audit ... revealed a pattern of manipulation of the daily deposit records, along with falsification of computer entries" that made collections by the YMCA appear to match bank records, the affidavit stated.

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The theft of the money resulted in reduced pay increases or no pay increases for YMCA staff and "negatively affected all aspects of the YMCA's operations," Executive Director David Matthews told the court before Judge Richard J. Walsh issued the sentence.

Boone was fined $400 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service by Walsh. She also was ordered to pay $4,468.82 in restitution to the YMCA.

Matthews afterward said the YMCA had been "made whole" by the sentence and restitution order, and that it had been reimbursed by its insurance company for the balance of the money.

Boone's attorney, Andrew Norfleet, said the delay in bringing the case to a close was largely due to a dispute over the amount of restitution Boone actually owes. Norfleet said he has been at odds with the YMCA and its insurance company over access to documents detailing the losses.

Norfleet said the insurance company has notified him of potential civil litigation against Boone.

Matthews told Walsh that the YMCA provided the same documentation that was given to the district attorney's office.

District Attorney John F. Nelson said a forensic accountant who was to have examined all financial records in the case did not get all the documents he requested.

Boone told Walsh she was ready to accept the consequences of her actions.

"You need to come to grips with what happens when there's a breach of trust. ... It really doesn't matter if the breach of trust is $400 or $104,000," Walsh said.

"You're going to have to deal with whatever comes down the pike as far as civil claims," he told her.

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