HARRISBURG - Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation have arrested three Central Pennsylvania residents, including the former Executive Director of the Lock Haven Area YMCA, who are accused of theft or conspiracy in connection with the diversion of more than $100,000 in YMCA funds.
Attorney General Linda Kelly identified the defendants as Jeremiah M. Clark, age 32, of 421 Wylie St., Jersey Shore, Lycoming County; Adam C. Coleman, age 32, of 33 Lenape Trail, Lock Haven, Clinton County; and Kimberly Ann Coleman, age 54, 3696 Coudersport Pike, Lock Haven.
"Clark allegedly schemed to use his official position with the YMCA to misappropriate at least $133,000 in agency funds between 2006 and 2010," Kelly said. "Clark allegedly forged the names of YMCA board members on checks and trust fund documents, fabricated receipts and invoices to support those bogus checks and used agency credit cards and funds for a wide variety of personal expenses."
According to the criminal complaint, Clark allegedly used YMCA funds to purchase Penn State football tickets, a riding mower, televisions, a family pet, partial payment for jet skis, a hot tub, travel and lodging, a home entertainment center and a campaign advertisement for Adam Coleman.
Kelly said that Adam Coleman is accused of conspiring with Clark in some of the thefts, including the fabrication of an invoice for $1,465 in landscaping work, which was paid by the YMCA. The funds were allegedly used to pay Coleman's bill at the Clinton County Country Club.
According to the criminal complaint, Coleman and Clark also used their leadership positions with the Lock Haven Area Elks Lodge to apply for a $5,300 grant from the National Elks Foundation, supposedly to support an after school program for children at the YMCA. Instead of funding that after-school program, Clark and Coleman allegedly created fake invoices for items that they had supposedly purchased and wrote checks to themselves as reimbursement - withdrawing nearly $5,200 from the grant account within a matter of months.
Kelly said that Kimberly Coleman, the mother of Adam Coleman, is accused of conspiring with the other defendants to fabricate an invoice for landscaping services which was allegedly used to divert $1,465 in YMCA funds in order to pay Adam Coleman's country club bill.
Additionally, Kimberly Coleman allegedly made false statements to investigators from the Attorney General's Office and destroyed evidence which had been subpoenaed.
Jeremiah M. Clark is charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking and one count of forgery, both third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Clark is also charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Adam C. Coleman is charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fines.
Adam Coleman is also charged with one count each of theft by deception and criminal conspiracy, both first-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines.
Kimberly Ann Coleman is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Kimberly Coleman is also charged with one count each of unsworn falsifications to authorities and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, both second-degree misdemeanors which are each punishable by up to two years in prison and $5,000 fines.
The defendants were all preliminarily arraigned today before Renovo Magisterial District Judge Frank P. Mills. Clark was released on $25,000 unsecured bail, Adam Coleman was released on $15,000 unsecured bail and Kimberly Coleman was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled for all three defendants at 8:30 a.m. on October 11th, in Clinton County Central Court.
The defendants will be prosecuted in Clinton County by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Harter Eshbach, of the Attorney General's Criminal Prosecutions Section.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)