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Police: Woman stole nearly $6K from Dallastown cheerleaders
The former head of the Dallastown Cougar Athletics' cheerleading program stole nearly $6,000 worth of funds from the program between March 2015 and October, according to charging documents filed against her.
Wendy J. Bisker, 41, of 36 W. Maple St. in Dallastown, remains free on $6,000 unsecured bail, charged with the third-degree felonies of access device fraud and receiving stolen property, according to court records. She was arraigned on the charges Thursday by District Judge Scott Laird.
Bisker had been in charge of Dallastown Cougar Cheerleading and was given a Visa/debit card to use as part of her duties with the organization, according to charging documents.
Other officials with the athletics program noticed "considerable activity on the account" from the card issued to Bisker, documents state.
"When those transactions were examined, they found that there were charges to Walmart, Giant Food Store, Kmart, Home Depot and Rite-Aid," as well as multiple transactions in which she got cash back and several charges for reloading prepaid Visa cards, according to charging documents.
There were multiple ATM withdrawals made with the card and several cash advances from Giant and Walmart, documents allege, as well as gift cards for $500 and $100 that were never received by the organization.
York Area Regional Police allege she bought food, merchandise, DVDs and other items not related to the cheerleading program.
In all, Bisker charged $5,737.87 on the card, charging documents allege.
Officials canceled the card and notified police, documents state.
Bisker — whose official title for the cheering organization had been commissioner — told Detective Sgt. Weyth Barley that she mixed personal purchases with cheering purchases and got in over her head, according to documents.
By that time, Bisker was no longer with the organization, documents state.
Dallastown Cougar Cheerleading's current commissioner is Jennifer Smith. Reach Friday, she said the organization is "doing OK" funds-wise and referred a reporter to the organization's website, where a statement had been posted by Dallastown Cougar Athletics. It reads, in part:
"DCA is taking the matter seriously and will continue its proactive approach by fully cooperating with law enforcement authorities. It is important for the public and our DCA families to know that significant organizational and policy changes have been implemented to permit DCA to strengthen and satisfy its obligation to be good stewards of our resources."
Bisker could not be reached for comment. Her home phone has been disconnected and she did not respond to a Facebook message seeking comment.
Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 3, court records state.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org.