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August 1, 2012

Former Boy Scout treasurer sentenced to prison for theft

DANVILLE — The former treasurer of a Boy Scout troop who stole and repaid more than $4,000 to the organization will spend 30 days to one year in jail after a judge on Tuesday said Tracey Lee Myers needs “a shot across the bow.”

Myers, 44, of 412 Bald Top Road, appeared in Montour County Court and will begin her sentence Aug. 10.

“I think you need a shot across the bow for this,” Columbia-Montour Counties President Judge Thomas James Jr. said.

Myers’ attorney, Raymond Kessler, requested probation or intermediate punishment such as the ankle-bracelet program.

“I wish I hadn’t done it,” Myers told James. “It will never happen again.”

She earlier pleaded guilty to failure to make required disposition of $4,086 from Boy Scout Troop 37, Danville.  She previously paid restitution to the troop for the money taken from May 1, 2008, through January.

Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren asked for more than probation because the thefts were ongoing for a considerable period.

“This was going on for too long and there was too much money,” the judge said in also fining Myers $300 and ordering her to perform 30 hours of community service. He initially extended the jail term to 18 months but lowered it to one year so she would be under supervision for less time.

Noting Myers had a couple of worthless check charges 10 to 15 years ago, the judge said, “That was a lot of money. I know times are tough but you can’t steal from people to make ends meet. That was a big chunk of change.”

Said Myers: “I didn’t realize it as that much.”

He advised her, when serving her sentence in Northumberland County Prison, to “take a book and contemplate your future.”

Myers told police she took over the Scouts’ account in 2008 and had taken money for her own use. She said she would remove money and then replace it, but told police she lost track of how much she had taken over time.

According to the charges, she used the money for personal and medical expenses.

The committee chairman of the troop notified police Jan. 27 of a problem with the bank checking account. The balance should have been $6,383 but was shown at $2,297 or missing $4,086.

 

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