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Franklin Regional library aide quits in wake of theft charges

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Elizabeth Kindelberger, who faces theft charges stemming from her time as president of Heritage Elementary School's parent-teacher organization, has resigned as a library aide with the school.

Franklin Regional School Board accepted Kindelberger's resignation during a public meeting Monday night.

The resignation, which was submitted to the district in the first week of June, was effective June 6, according to documents provided by the district.

Officials said Kindelberger was employed with the district since November 2010.

Kindelberger did not return a call seeking comment on Tuesday.

Kindelberger, 41, of Rose Court North in Delmont, is charged with six counts of forgery, one count of theft, one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received and one count of tampering with records. She is free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Kindelberger allegedly withdrew $9,997 from an account belonging to Heritage Elementary PTO that was later replaced, according to police. She allegedly took about $4,000 from Allegheny Force Football Club, a competitive soccer program, when she served as a team manager, according to a criminal complaint filed with Export District Judge Charles Conway.

Murrysville police began an investigation when PTO board members reported they had uncovered an apparent attempt to steal money from the group's savings account. Charges related to the soccer club were added when Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Pete Flannigan was reviewing the PTO case.

Police determined the money was returned to the PTO account.

The soccer club president told police he was unsure if that money had been returned.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 25 before Conway. It originally had been scheduled for Tuesday.

Amanda Dolasinski is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6220 or adolasinski@tribweb.com.

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