Former Pocono Family YMCA Business Manager Michele Gonzalez is accused of stealing 5644117 in thefts dating back to 2011 Photo by Thinkstock

Former Pocono Family YMCA Business Manager Michele Gonzalez is accused of stealing $56,441.17 in thefts dating back to 2011. (Photo by Thinkstock.)

Pennsylvania YMCA Searches for New CEO After Former Employee Allegedly Steals $56,000

Michele Gonzalez, the former business manager at the Pocono Family YMCA, was arraigned Monday on theft charges after she allegedly wrote herself unauthorized bonus checks.

The employment of a Pennsylvania YMCA CEO ended Monday on the same day the Y's former business manager was arraigned on charges related to stealing over $56,000 from the facility.

The Pocono Family YMCA in Stroudsburg will conduct a national search to replace CEO Matthew Rumph, according to the Pocono Record, citing a press release from the YMCA's board of directors. The Pocono Family YMCA treats all personnel matters as confidential and will not comment further on his departure, according to the Record report.

Michele Gonzalez, the former business manager at the Pocono Family YMCA, was arraigned in District Court in Stroudsburg on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property. She is accused of stealing $56,441.17 in thefts dating back to 2011, according to a police criminal complaint filed in February. Gonzalez allegedly wrote herself bonus checks, taking advance paychecks without repaying the Y and using YMCA checks to purchase personal items, according to the complaint.

In January, a Stroud Area Regional Police Department detective met with Rumph after Rumph allegedly became aware of the missing funds in December 2015. Rumph allegedly began looking into checking and payroll accounts after learning Gonzalez wrote herself a $1,056 check after she received her bi-weekly paycheck, according to the complaint.

Gonzalez, who worked in the position since 2008, allegedly quit shortly after Rumph spoke to her about the missing funds in December. Rumph continued to investigate and learned Gonzalez allegedly stole $6,010.35 in 2011, $7,741.26 in 2012, $14,767.44 in 2013, $12,967.15 in 2014 and $14,954.96 in 2015, according to the complaint.

"As a community-based nonprofit organization, we feel a strong obligation to Monroe County, our members, program participants, volunteers and staff,” Rumph told the Record in a March 1 interview about the situation.  "We are thankful that no members or programs have been inconvenienced by these apparent thefts.”

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