Accused Thief Speaks Out

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HAZLETON -- The former treasurer of a football organization in Hazleton,accused of stealing more than $8,500, is speaking out.

Colleen Bresnock, 44, of Hazleton said she took the money to pay her utility bills.

Bresnock is the former treasurer of the non profit Hazleton Area Football League.  It's mission to teach the game and instill sportsmanship. The players' ages range from 6 to 12.

Bresnock is accused of stealing the money from the league since January. The reason? Bresnock claims she was getting shut off notices from the utilities in her home.

"I am very sorry for doing what I did. I wouldn't have taken it without telling somebody," Bresnock said. "The president at the time knew about it."

Bresnock insists she's paying the money back.  Her husband declined an on-camera interview, but Colleen Bresnock said he didn't know what his she was doing.

"It's not like I hide anything, I just didn't tell him," Bresnock explained.

Bresnock claims what she did has been done before.

"It was done in the past with the past president before him they allowed him to postdate checks and pay it back," Bresnock explained.

As far as the claim that some past board members took money from the league and paid it back, Hazleton police say they would have to receive a complaint by the current board and then investigators could widen their investigation.


  • johnobrien1960

    It sounds to me like she was stealing the money for more then utility bills!! Where the heck dose she live? In a huge palace or mansion? I don’t pay close to that for my utility bills yearly in a fair size house.

  • jellystoneranger

    This is the problem with this area. Intelligent , decent people cannot get involved with these organizations because morons are in control. Youth football , basketball, baseball, soccer and on and on are controlled by the local idiots and tools . No intelligent person wants to associate with these people and therefore , you have this kind of prevailing logic! Listent to her logic or lack of !

    • johnobrien1960

      Well I wouldn’t go that far saying all these people are idiots,morons+thieves. I personally know and have known several people who dedicate much of there time,hard work,money to try to help a lot of today’s children who need things to do to stay out of trouble. But yes unfortunately there are a lot of these scumbags who abuse our trust and steal from these athletic leagues.

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