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Former American Legion secretary faces theft charge

By Staff | Jun 19, 2012

A former auxiliary secretary-treasurer of the American Legion on Broad Street, Montgomery, has admitted stealing from the Legion.

In a plea agreement, Karen C. Neary, 41, of 250 Montgomery St., Montgomery, pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft after borough police agreed to drop nine other theft and forgery-related counts.

Police Chief Terry A. Lynn alleged Neary illegally cashed a $3,000 Legion check and “used the money for her personal use” in the mid-June 2011.

Neary admitted that she forged the names of other auxiliary members on the check so that she could cash it, Lynn said.

Lynn also accused Neary of failing to deposit an additional $3,000 of the Legion’s money that she was to put into the Legion’s bank account between September 2010 and May 2011.

“There is no documentation that she deposited the money,” Lynn said in the affidavit.

Neary, who is free on bail, will be sentenced next month by Lycoming County Court Judge Marc F. Lovecchio.