ShareThis Page

East Allegheny youth football league treasurer charged with stealing $5,000

| Friday, March 15, 2013, 4:36 a.m.

The treasurer of the East Allegheny Youth Football Association faces charges of stealing more than $5,000 from that organization.

A spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said April L. Simko, 33, of East McKeesport, surrendered Wednesday and was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and access device fraud.

In a criminal complaint, a detective for Zappala's department said East McKeesport police were contacted in November about alleged thefts using automated teller machines and debit transactions out of the association's PNC Bank checking account.

Detective Kevin P. Flanigan said Officer Jamie Dinkfelt was told about the alleged thefts by association president William Smith.

“Smith stated that he noticed that money was missing from the account when he contacted Big's Sanitation about removing garbage ... and they told him the bill had not been paid,” the complaint said. “Also, a check for $700 for catering for an upcoming banquet (did) not clear.”

Smith told investigators he went to the bank and found that the account had been tapped for “miscellaneous transactions that included Redbox movie purchases totaling $2.56, a McDonald's transaction for $6.72 and a Doubletree Hotel purchase in Georgia.”

Based on a search warrant, investigators found 46 unauthorized withdrawals totaling approximately $5,740, including $141.49 in Redbox purchases.

The complaint said Smith also provided a text from Simko, stating that she “got caught up in a jam and handled it the wrong way.” She promised, “I am going to pay back every penny.”

Simko was released on her own recognizance pending a Thursday 1 p.m. hearing before Magisterial District Judge Robert L. Barner in North Versailles Township.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.