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Former Armstrong County United Way director charged with theft

Madasyn Czebiniak
| Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

A former director at the United Way of Armstrong County is charged with stealing more than $37,000 from the organization, the county's district attorney said.

Heather Marie Wolfe, 45, whose last known address was in Kittanning, is charged with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, and receiving stolen property, all of which are third-degree felonies, District Attorney Scott Andreassi said. She could face up to seven years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines if convicted.

Authorities were able to determine that Wolfe, who was hired as the organization's director in March 2015, “fraudulently took funds from the organization without authorization,” Andreassi said.

“Some of those funds were paid directly to her by check or by fraudulent overtime figures,” Andreassi said. “In addition, it was revealed that Wolfe would frequent casinos, including The Rivers and Meadows, and would use agency funds to gamble.”

Andreassi said the stolen amount was determined through an audit performed by the agency. He said a forensic audit also will be performed by the district attorney's office.

“It is unfortunate that, once again, we see a nonprofit in our community, an organization that does such good work, victimized by a once trusted employee,” Andreassi said. “I would encourage everyone to continue to support their good work in the months ahead.”

Wolfe was arraigned Friday afternoon and released on a $35,000 unsecured bond, court records show.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 before District Judge James Owen in Kittanning.

Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-226-4702, or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.

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