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Ex-Heritage Elementary PTO president makes plea deal in alleged theft

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A plea agreement has been reached for the former president of the Heritage Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization accused of taking about $14,000 from two youth organizations.

Details of the agreement for Elizabeth Kindelberger will not be made public until Aug. 14 during a hearing before Westmoreland County Judge John E. Blahovec.

Kindelberger declined comment on Tuesday, when her right to a preliminary hearing was waived. Defense attorney Richard Galloway confirmed there is a plea deal.

“Everybody is in agreement that it's appropriate,” he said.

Stephanie Handerhan, the current president of the Heritage Elementary School PTO who came for the hearing, declined comment.

Kindelberger, 41, was 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 allegedly withdrew $9,997 from an account belonging to Heritage Elementary PTO, 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.

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

Kindelberger recently resigned from her job as a library aide with Heritage Elementary. She had been employed with the district since November 2010, according to records.

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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