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Former executive director accused of stealing from Clinton County United Way

LOCK HAVEN — Former Clinton County United Way executive director Maria Garlick has been charged with stealing from the agency.

Felony charges of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, access device fraud and receiving stolen property were filed against Garlick, 54, of 37 Baird Road, Lock Haven, on Thursday, Oct. 18, by Lock Haven City Police.

Garlick was arraigned before Dist. Judge Frank Mills and committed to the Clinton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Aug. 14, police received information that Garlick, who had been hired as executive director of the United Way in March of 2018, was terminated on July 24, 2019, alleging she had been stealing from the agency.

Police said Garlick has been allotted $500 a month for a health stipend, paid by check. She received checks for her health stipend between the months of April 2018 and June of 2019 totalling $26,500, over 26 checks. In this amount of time Garlick only should have received $7,500.

Some of the checks issued to Garlick were signed by other board members and some of the checks were issued and signed by Garlick, who received approximately $19,000 that she was not supposed to get. It was noted that the United Way’s bank account is through Jersey Shore State Bank and bank statements showing unauthorized transactions were provided to police.

As part of Garlick’s employment she was provided a debit card to make purchases on behalf of the United Way. The debit card is for the United Way account through Jersey Shore State Bank. Garlick made the following unauthorized purchases with that card totaling approximately $1,352.82.

Garlick also had access to make electronic transfers for the United Way account. Garlick made the two following unauthorized electronic transfers totaling approximately $1,200.

Garlick also owed United Way approximately $578.57 from unauthorized purchases made prior to this complaint that she agreed to pay back and didn’t.

Upon speaking to Garlick, United Way members said she told them that the checks were signed by board members other than Garlick because Garlick was telling them that she was owed the health stipend. The members signing the checks were unaware that Garlick was being over paid.

In total, Garlick acquired approximately $22,131.19 that she was not authorized to have, police said.