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Woman charged in theft of money from Muhlenberg Township Athletic Association

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
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Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:17:27 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2014 04:23:58 AM CDT

A trusted treasurer and board member of a youth sports league in Berks County has been arrested and charged for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the non-profit.

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

A trusted treasurer and board member of a youth sports league in Berks County has been arrested and charged for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the nonprofit.

Kelli Prince Miller, 39, of Muhlenberg Township, is accused of stealing $61,576.62 from the Muhlenberg Township Athletic Association's accounts through unauthorized withdrawals and credit card charges, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

"It was a good time and a nice thing to have. I wouldn't even think of anything like that," said David Slack, who grew up playing sports for the MTAA.

According to court documents, the theft, which occurred between April 21, 2011 and May 3, 2012, was discovered when an MTAA board member attempted to use a Sam's Club card to make purchases for the association and was told the card was invalid because of a large, unpaid balance.

The audit also proved discrepancies were discovered in all of the accounts handled by Miller, said officials.

"The parents are putting out money and time and just to know that can happen is pretty sad," said Mike Siggins, who played basketball, football and baseball for the MTAA when he was younger.

The audit, according to court documents, found:

-- $24,186 in unauthorized cash withdrawals from a PNC Bank account and $2,753.29 in unauthorized purchases on the account's credit card between April 21, 2011 and May 3, 2012;

-- $21,294.94 in unauthorized cash withdrawals from a Metro Bank account and $4,847.96 in unauthorized purchases on the account's credit card between Jan. 4, 2012 and Aug. 27, 2013;

-- $8,494.43 in unauthorized purchases at Sam's Club, including $594.12 worth of gasoline.

MTAA board president Donald Raifsnider Jr. said he never saw it coming. He and another board member first discovered the discrepancies.

"There will be some changes forthcoming. There already have been and there are more to come," sad Raifsnider.

Miller was with the organization for years. When a 69 News reporter tried to get her side of the story, she slammed the door in his face.

Parents called it a violation of trust to a program that has helped children play sports for the past 55 years.

"It's just a shame because this money belongs to the kids for their sports," said Karen Hein, who lives in the township.

Now, MTAA officials said they hope they can maintain their reputation.

"I'm hoping the parents understand that we're here, we're going to stay here and we're going to help this continue to grow," said Raifsnider. "We got ourselves on a good solid footing, and at this point, the MTAA is going to be around for another 55 years."

Raifsnider added he plans to send out a notice to every parent letting them know about the theft.

Miller was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. She was freed on $40,000 bail.

Miller has since resigned.