Man re­port­edly stole from sports­men’s club

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @afarence on Twit­ter To con­tact Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Adam Farence, email afarence@ dai­ly­lo­, or call 610-235-2647.

Po­lice have ar­rested and charged the for­mer trea­surer of the At­glen Sports­men’s Club.

PARKESBURG >> Po­lice have ar­rested and charged the for­mer trea­surer of the At­glen Sports­men’s Club af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion de­ter­mined he re­port­edly stole over $120,000 from the or­ga­ni­za­tion over the course of sev­eral years.

Mil­ton B. Smith, 60, of Parkesburg, has been charged with theft re­lated of­fenses af­ter sev­eral months in­ves­ti­ga­tion by po­lice.

“The de­fen­dant’s ac­tiv­i­ties show a pat­tern of theft, go­ing back as far as doc­u­ments were avail­able,” wrote Parkesburg Po­lice Chief Brian Sheller in an email.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice and the new At­glen Sports­men’s Club Pres­i­dent Tim McClure, Mil­ton had served as trea­surer for club for al­most 20 years.

McClure said he took of­fice in Fe­bru­ary, and be­gan an in­ter­nal re­view into the 1,600-mem­ber club’s fi­nances. When he found dis­crep­an­cies, he said he took his find­ings to the po­lice. The po­lice con­tin­ued to in­ves­ti­gate, and for­mally charged Smith on Tues­day.

“We’re cleaned up, and we’re mov­ing for­ward,” McClure said. “It’s a shame.”

The club’s board of direc­tors re­moved Smith from of­fice and re­voked his mem­ber­ship ear­lier this year.

Po­lice said they ar­rested Mil­ton in the 300 block of West First Av­enue in Parkesburg shortly be­fore 4 p.m. with­out in­ci­dent. His pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is set be­fore Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge Joann L. Teyral at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29.

Smith’s bail was set at $100,000, which he posted Tues­day.

State po­lice sta­tioned at the Lan­caster Bar­racks as­sisted with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mil­ton B. Smith

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