Guilty Plea, Sentence In Theft From Field Hockey Group

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MIDDLEBURG — A woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a group that raises money for a high school field hockey program pleaded guilty Tuesday in Snyder County court.

Patricia Lightner was the organization’s treasurer.

Lightner pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony theft charge and was sentenced to two years probation. She has already paid restitution and has been going to counseling.

Lightner admitted to writing checks to herself and withdrawing about $11,000 from the organization’s checking account over the course of almost three years.

The Midd-West Field Hockey Association is a group of parents whose children play field hockey in Snyder County. The group is not affiliated with Midd-West School District.