Woman from American Legion given probation for theft
A woman who took $6,000 from the Montgomery American Legion was sentenced to two years’ probation Tuesday in Lycoming County Court by Judge Marc F. Lovecchio.
Karen C. Neary, 41, of Montgomery, who was serving as the organization’s auxiliary secretary-treasurer, illegally cashed a $3,000 check and used the money for her personal use sometime in early June 2011, according to court records.
Police said Neary forged the names of other auxiliary members in order to cash the check. Additionally, police said Neary failed to deposit an another $3,000 that was supposed to be deposited into the Legion’s bank account between September 2010 and May 2011.
Neary pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft by unlawful taking on May 29, 2012. Two felony counts of forgery and one felony count of receiving stolen property were dismissed, as well as misdomeanor charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
In a letter to Lovecchio, Legion manager Norma Jean Alexander said she felt “betrayed” by Neary’s actions and hoped the woman didn’t “just have her hands slapped” with the sentence.
In addition to probation, Neary was ordered to make regular payments on the $6,000 restitution and serve 50 hours community service with a veterans’ organization.