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Former food service director facing charges

| Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A former food service director in the Yough School District faces a preliminary hearing Monday on charges accusing her of stealing nearly $26,000 from the district.

Kristen Matey, 37, of 122 East Lane, Jacobs Creek, was charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Matey allegedly stole $25,959 in 2011 and 2012.

Matey's responsibilities included making bank deposits for cafeteria sales.

In March 2012, district Business Manager Michael Wrobleski noticed that Matey had been turning in late cash sheets needed to prepare accurate financial reports for the school board. Matey blamed the delay on her assistant, whom she said was having personal problems, according to the affidavit.

In August, a board member complained that a check submitted for the cafeteria two months prior had not yet been cashed.

Yough Superintendent Dr. Janet Sardon approached Nutrition Inc., which conducted an internal investigation and discovered some boxes of missing deposit slips and receipts that Matey was in charge of depositing into the district's account, according to the affidavit.

An audit contracted by the school district and Nutrition Inc. discovered $25,959 missing. According to the affidavit, Matey admitted she was stealing money from the district account “because she had encountered some unforeseen financial difficulties over the past year.”

Sardon referred all calls for comment to district solicitor Gary Matta, who could not be reached for comment.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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