Former head of Dallastown cheerleaders avoids conviction
- Police said Wendy Bisker stole about $5,700 from the Dallastown Cougar Athletics' cheering program.
- At the time, she was commissioner of the cheerleading program, York Area Regional Police said.
- On Tuesday, she avoided a possible felony conviction but must pay restitution and perform community service.
The former head of the Dallastown Cougar Athletics' cheerleading program has avoided a possible felony theft conviction by being accepted into a court diversionary program.
Wendy J. Bisker, 41, of West Maple Street in Dallastown, had been accused of stealing nearly $6,000 worth of funds from the program between March 2015 and October 2015, according to court documents.
She had faced the third-degree felonies of access device fraud and receiving stolen property.
On Tuesday, Bisker was accepted into the county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program, which allows first-time nonviolent offenders to avoid conviction by instead completing court-ordered requirements. Criminal defendants accepted into ARD don't have to admit guilt.
As part of her ARD requirements, Bisker must be on probation for a year, perform 35 hours of community service, undergo a mental-health evaluation and comply with recommended treatment, write a letter of apology and undergo DNA testing, according to court records.
She also must pay $5,719.20 in restitution, those records state.
The background: 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 court documents.
But officials with the athletics program began to notice "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 more than $5,700 on the card, court documents state.
Officials canceled the card and notified police, documents state.
'Over her head': 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.
In April, Dallastown Cougar Cheerleading Commissioner Jennifer Smith said the organization was doing OK funds-wise.
A statement posted on the organization's website at that time read, in part:
"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."
A working phone number for Bisker could not be obtained Friday.
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