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Ex-Derry Area boosters chief given probation for theft

| Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The former head of the booster club for the Derry Area High School football team will serve two years on probation for stealing more than $27,000 from the organization.

Lori Nicely, 49, was in court on Tuesday and formally agreed to participate in a prison diversion program in lieu of entering a guilty plea to criminal theft charges.

Nicely entered the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time, nonviolent offenders in which she can have her arrest record expunged upon successful completion of the probation period.

Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway said Nicely's probation could be terminated after one year.

Investigators said Nicely, while she served as president of the Derry Area Football Boosters Association from 2009 to 2011, stole $27,711 from the organization. Police said Nicely pocketed revenue generated from ticket sales and fundraisers.

According to court records, Nicely repaid the boosters $8,200 in February after she was confronted with the theft allegations.

On Monday, Nicely paid $8,000 more in restitution. Assistant District Attorney Greg DeFloria said the ARD was contingent on Nicely paying that restitution. She won't have to pay any additional money to the boosters, he said.

Jodie Edmiston, the new boosters president, said the theft had a lingering financial impact on the organization.

“It affects the kids,” Edmiston said. “We had to have the students pay for most of their (summer football) camp this year because we didn't have the money.”

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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