The woman who had been the director of Penn State's fitness center
has been let go after holding the position since 2007. She is facing
theftallegations in regard to purportedly missing funds and other undisclosed
items. The Pennsylvania officials are still reviewing all of the allegations
that have been made against the woman.
Along with the allegations concerning the supposed theft charges, she has
also been accused of tampering with the ledgers and forgery. There have
been unsubstantiated claims that the woman has also stolen workout equipment
in order to resell the items online. However, while those allegations
were printed in a local newspaper, no other source carried the claims,
and the prosecutor's office has denied knowledge of those particular
The 45-year-old former director has had a total of 24 criminal charges
filed against her at this point. She is not being held at this time nor
was she required to post any bond. Her defense counselor has stated that
they are working with the Pennsylvania prosecutors' office in order
to find an equitable solution to the situation.
The two sides have reportedly been working to determine if the woman could
qualify for a pretrial diversion program that is sometimes an option for
first-time offenders; however, the limit to qualify is $2,000, and this
woman's theft charges have been alleged to have exceeded that amount.
For now, this woman's defense team will ensure that her rights are
protected, and they will aggressively challenge the allegations against
her. Furthermore, they will diligently work for the best resolution possible
in her current circumstances.
Source: philly.com, "Penn fitness center director fired over theft charges",
Joseph A. Slobodzian, July 4, 2014