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Grid group gets money if woman gets deal

| Friday, May 2, 2014, 1:41 a.m.
Christal Ann Waggoner mugshot
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Christal Ann Waggoner mugshot

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 jsellew@tribweb.com or 724-684-2667.

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