CLEARFIELD – A Hyde woman accused of taking a large sum of money from a charitable organization was in Clearfield County Court.
Julie Bain, 56, P.O. Box 34, Hyde, pleaded guilty to 30 counts of theft by deception. She was sentenced to four months to one year in jail and two years consecutive probation. She was fined $975 and must pay restitution of more than $35,600.
Her attorney stated Bain is disputing the amount of restitution.
The thefts occurred while she was working for the Clearfield County Society for Handicapped and Disabled Citizens.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Bain, who was the executive director, wrote a number of checks to her daughter and to herself beginning in 2010 that totaled $9,022.25. She took money intended for the organization’s bills. While she was doing this, she went “to great lengths to cover” her actions by removing documents and mail by hiding them.
From June of 2010 to December of 2010, there were 17 checks made out to Bain’s daughter for a total of $2,955; from January of 2011 to October of 2011, there were 17 checks made out to Bain’s daughter that totaled $3,902.25 and from January of 2012 to September of 2012, there were 11 checks made out to Bain’s daughter for a total of $2,165.
When officers spoke with Bain’s daughter, she stated that her husband was laid off in 2010 and she asked her mother if she could help out. A few days later, her mother called her and told her to come to the society’s office where she would give her a check. Bain told her two of her superiors said they could help her. Bain’s daughter asked for help several other times. Bain sometimes would give her daughter a check, have her cash it and bring the money back to her (Bain) for the bills.
Bain also made checks out to herself for amounts that exceeded what she should have been paid for the number of hours she was working.