Plea deal eyed in Derry football boosters' cash loss
A tentative plea agreement struck Wednesday would help a football boosters organization recoup more than $27,000 and allow a Derry Township woman to avoid jail time.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Pacek said Lori Marie Nicely, 49, must pay $8,000 in restitution by Sept. 18 and prosecutors will recommend a two-year probation term in exchange for a guilty plea.
Nicely, the former president of the Derry Area Football Boosters Club, was arrested in June on accusations that she stole $27,711 from the organization over three seasons, according to police.
Nicely is charged with theft, receiving stolen property and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.
She waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before Derry Township District Judge Mark Bilik. Nicely's attorney, Jason Huska, declined to comment.
The plea bargain must be approved by a judge before it becomes official.
According to an affidavit filed by state police, thefts occurred during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Nicely is accused of not reporting the full amount of donations and instead putting a portion of the funds into a personal account, police said.
The boosters board fired Nicely after questioning her about the missing funds. She had returned about $8,200 to a football coach at the time.
Boosters President Jodie Edmiston said Wednesday that Nicely has repaid $10,500 to the organization, which has since changed its accounting procedures.
If the deal receives the blessing of the court, Nicely would serve probation under the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. Entry into the ARD program is not an admission of guilt. Once the probationary period is successfully completed, a participant can seek to have her criminal record expunged.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini @tribweb.com.
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.
- Honored Westmoreland youth counselor sought in theft of money from clients
- Man wields knife in convenience store robbery near Herminie
- Ruffsdale family loses daughter, 9, to cancer but gives back in her name
- Kopas, citing poor state inspection, pushes to end deal for Westmoreland Manor operator
- Record-holding female motorcyclist to speak at Lincoln Highway event
- Prison becomes detox center for growing number of inmates with addictions
- Detaining juveniles charged as adults costs Westmoreland reimbursement money
- Mt. Pleasant Borough considers zoning officer
- Westmoreland County Fair doubles as meet-and-greet for candidates
- 10-year-old Blairsville violinist’s expulsion over knife challenged
- Ligonier men claim arrests violated rights