Police: Glen Rock woman kept $3K from charity fundraiser
A Glen Rock woman responsible for handling proceeds from a Stewartstown fundraiser kept the money, according to police.
Southern Regional Police say Kimberly Ann Gantt was the chairwoman for The Raven's Roost's Spring Fling last March, and she pocketed the funds, which totaled more than $3,000.
Gantt, 51, of the 12000 block of Susquehannah Trail South, is charged with theft, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, theft by deception and bad checks.
Spring Fling: According to police, Gantt was the chairperson for the Spring Fling, which happened March 18 at the Eureka Fire Co. in Stewartstown.
The Raven's Roost 116, based in Shrewsbury, was holding the event to benefit Olivia's House, Southern Community Services and Veteran's Helping Hand, according to the organization's website.
The Raven's Roost 116 is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support local charities and families, the website states.
Gantt was responsible for receiving the ticket sale profits, as well as the money obtained from the fundraising tables at the dance, court documents state.
Owed: Police say Gantt owes the Roost $3,746.
In April she provided the organization with a check for a portion of that, despite saying she had the cash for it, police said. However, when the treasurer attempted to deposit the check, it was returned because the account associated with the check was closed, charging documents state.
Police say they would later find the account had been closed since October 2013.
The treasurer contacted Gantt to "get this straightened out," but police say she never followed through.
In May, a letter was sent to Gantt saying she had until May 29 to pay the money owed or police would be contacted, charging documents state.
Gantt never contacted anyone about repaying the money, and no money was ever sent back to the organization, according to police.
Police spoke with Gantt in August, and she admitted she received the letter, but police say she handed the letter off to her husband's divorce lawyer and never confirmed or ensured the money was paid back. Part of the money owed was her and her husband's membership dues, court documents state.
Charges were filed on Oct. 30, and she turned herself in on them in December, police said. Her case was sent to county court Jan. 5, following a preliminary hearing.
Her attorney, Joe Gothie, said he could not talk about the case because he had not been authorized by Gantt to do so.
A message left for Gantt seeking comment was not immediately returned Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Her formal arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 9.
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