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Jeannette woman faces theft charges in ticket scam

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 3:39 p.m.

A Jeannette woman is scheduled to appear next month in Westmoreland County Court on allegations that she pocketed more than $2,000 in proceeds from tickets she sold for the city's community picnic last year.

Cindy Hall, 45, of 1021 Frank Ave., waived her right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Justice Mary DiClaudio, of Jeannette, on charges of theft and failure to make required disposition of funds received.

County detectives allege that Hall kept money she raised in selling discounted tickets for the Aug. 8 picnic.

Authorities discovered the missing money through bank records and an outstanding bill owed to Idlewild Park, where the picnic is held annually, Detective Frank A. Galilei said in a probable cause affidavit.

The detective said Hall confessed when she was questioned last month by him and Jeannette police Chief Carl Shifko. Jeannette police asked county detectives to investigate.

"During the interview with Ms. Hall, she admitted that she in fact used the funds she received from the advanced ticket sales to pay on bills that she personally owed," the affidavit stated. "The amount of funds she used was in excess of $2,000."

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