Grid group gets money if woman gets deal
A Monongahela woman accused of misappropriating money from the Ringgold Youth Athletic Football Association agreed to a tentative plea deal Thursday.
Christal Ann Waggoner, 33, of 517 Grant St. waived her right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.
She was charged April 15 with two counts of theft by failing to make required disposition of funds, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception-false impression.
Waggoner is expected to be accepted to the Washington County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, nonviolent offenders.
Under terms of the deal, Waggoner was required to immediately pay restitution of $2,590 to the organization.
If accepted into the program, she would serve six months' probation and would not be able to hold any league office that involves access to money.
If she successfully completes the program, she would be able to petition the Washington County Court to have the charges expunged.
With family help, a check to the Ringgold organization was signed in Wilson's presence and given to Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest.
Tempest said he will release the check and all league's records to the organization on May 24 if Waggoner is accepted into the ARD program.
“If there is any proof that anyone else stole money, I would not hesitate to file charges on them,” Tempest told Waggoner.
He said that if an audit is performed and additional money for the league is found, it will be given to Waggoner.
The $2,590 comprises $570 in cash and 202 tickets valued at $10 each from 2013 Football Frenzy, a ticket-based fundraiser, according a criminal complaint.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Waggoner was supposed to submit $14,760 to Green Bee Fundraising LLC of Sharon, Pa. Records indicate she submitted $13,430 to Green Bee.
Members of the organization appeared at the district court office in case they were needed to testify at a hearing.
Tempest gave them advice.
“You need a complete overhaul of the organization,” Tempest told the group.
“The way things are set up, they're ripe for theft.”
League President John Grossi said the matter would be discussed at the organization's next meeting and that changes would be made.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2667.
Show commenting policy
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.
- N. Charleroi man jailed in child sex case
- Mon Valley school districts wait out budget impasse
- Gilmore wore many hats during successful careers
- Washington Township firefighters make child’s dream come true
- Ramp helps wheelchair users enjoy activities on waterway in Marianna
- Director opposes increased cost of Ringgold project
- 7 Up distributed from two Charleroi sites
- Former winner revives Mid Mon Valley pageants
- N. Belle Vernon man jailed after police station visit
- Monessen amphitheater brought back to life
- Monessen police, family looking for 17-year-old girl