WILMINGTON — A Wilmington area woman is charged with grand theft for allegedly embezzling more than $14,000 from the former Clinton-Massie Pee Wee Cheer group.
Nicole L. Allgeyer, 38, allegedly used the group’s debit card for personal reasons. The time frame of the alleged activity is from March 2013 through April 2, 2015, according to the indictment.
The support group was for third- through sixth-grade girls at Clinton-Massie Local Schools. The group was independent from the school system in that it was not overseen by the school nor did it receive any funds from the school or proceeds from ticket or concession stand sales, stated a Clinton County Sheriff’s Office report.
Court records indicate Allgeyer will be represented in upcoming court proceedings by local attorney Scott Evans. He did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday seeking comment.
In early April 2015, several parents of girls involved with the cheer group went to the county sheriff’s office and alleged that the leader of the group, Allgeyer, had operated it suspiciously.
The “suspicious debit card activity” includes 21 restaurants, 10 gas stations, seven large department stores and 21 smaller specialty stores, stated the sheriff’s office report.
Those transactions do not include debit card withdrawals that were made to businesses for uniforms, accessories and cookie dough for fundraising, and which accordingly are not regarded as suspicious, the report stated.
After an investigation was conducted by the sheriff’s office into the parents’ allegations, the report stated, “A large amount of groceries and fuel were purchased with the organization’s debit card.”
Aside from groceries and fuel, other items bought with the debit card, according to the sheriff’s office report, are a Western hat, animal de-wormer, horse brushes, a garden flag, a steel bistro set, wood chips, dog food, cigarettes and cell phone charging accessories.
In addition to particular debit card transactions, the parents were concerned about group fundraisers that may have resulted in missing funds, stated the sheriff’s office report.
Allgeyer was released from the county jail after two court-set bonds were paid.
A court hearing is scheduled for June 10. The charge is a fourth-degree felony.
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