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Ex-supervisor repays funds, gets probation

| Wednesday, July 5, 2006

A former Connellsville Township supervisor who admitted stealing nearly $63,000 in public funds was sentenced Monday to five years of probation after making full restitution.

Tammy M. Mader, 43, of Buttermore Boulevard, pleaded guilty in May to third-degree felony charges of theft by deception and theft by receiving stolen property.

Fayette County Judge Ralph Warman said that he does not like to order probation in cases involving substantial thefts, but he decided to abide by the negotiated plea agreement because township officials supported it.

Township solicitor Richard Bower confirmed Mader had repaid $62,933. If she had failed to pay back the full amount, prosecutors would have recommended a prison sentence of six to 24 months.

Defense attorney James Davis said the thefts happened while Mader was going through a difficult period after the death of her husband, George.

"Ms. Mader has expressed her regrets over this entire incident," Davis said.

Mader worked as a township secretary and treasurer for more than a decade before her election as one of the three township supervisors in 2002.

Township officials fired her in late 2003 after an audit revealed Mader was writing checks to herself and her deceased husband in 2002 and 2003. Only her signature was on the township checks, which are supposed to be signed by at least two supervisors.

Mader used the township funds for several personal expenses, including credit card payments and home utilities, according to state police at Uniontown.

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