LONDONDERRY — A former board member of the Londonderry Youth Football and Spirit Association has been charged with stealing nearly $2,000 in funds raised by and for the group.
Tanya Lemay, 37, turned herself last week and was charged with felony theft and false report to law enforcement.
This has been a lengthy investigation, dating back to last fall.
Lemay, who resigned from the board in December, was in charge of fundraising money, police said.
Association officials first became concerned when nearly $7,000 in cash and checks collected had not been deposited in a timely manner, Detective Christopher Olson said. The group’s policy was that funds raised would be deposited within a week, he said.
But a month passed and Lemay still hadn’t deposited the $6,912, police said.
The LYFS president contacted Lemay to see where the money was, according to police.
On Oct. 18, 2013, Lemay went to police to report her home had been burglarized and the money taken. She claimed the envelope full of cash and checks was taken, along with some prescription pills. But police could find no evidence of forced entry, Olson said.
When interviewed, Lemay said she hadn’t deposited the money because she was seeking LYFS approval to use some of the money. She told police she never received a response to that request, but used about $200 for league-related purchases, Olson said. Lemay told police she had receipts for those purchases.
Many of the missing checks were canceled since they couldn’t be accounted for, but about $1,800 in cash was missing, too.
More time elapsed. On Dec. 6, Lemay wrote a letter of apology and resignation to the association and said she had made a “huge mistake,” Olson said.
The association finally approached police on March 27, Olson said, and police have been getting their ducks in a row since then.
Because an estimated $1,800 in cash isn’t accounted for, Lemay is charged with felony theft. Theft rises to the level of a felony charge when the amount reaches $1,500.
Lemay was released on $5,000 personal recognizance and is due back in 10th Circuit Court in Derry on July 14.
LYFS is for Londonderry youngsters ages 5 to 15, designed to teach the fundamentals of football and cheerleading.
— Jo-Anne MacKenzie