Parents Upset By Alleged Theft From Youth Organization

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KINGSTON TOWNSHIP – Several people in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain said it was upsetting to hear about another volunteer organization being taken advantage of by one of its own members.

Holly Bolesta was charged Thursday for allegedly misusing nearly $20,000 from the Kingston Township Raiders Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization.

“I think it’s ridiculous. It’s not the first time its happened, obviously. You think people would learn from other people’s mistakes,” said Amanda Fiorelli. “To steal from kids who raise money they hard earned way, and she’s just taking it from them. They’re probably going to be scarred for life most likely and just not want to do it ever again.”

Christine Manzella told Newswatch 16 that her daughter was a cheerleader last year, and she doesn’t want the crime to give the outreach organization a black eye.

“It really doesn’t bother (the kids) as much as I think, the parents are so sad about. But kids are resilient,” said Manzella. “They don’t understand a lot of the time, you know, but we say unfortunately someone had taken some money from the group and we need to make up for that. And we just have to work harder.”

Court records said Bolesta has returned more than $13,000.

Organizers of the youth organization have not returned phone calls or emails from Newswatch 16.


  • RealRaider

    Melvin you are an whole. Patti she was taught not to steal and has paid back most of it with intention to pay the rest.

    • MsM

      Um, why are you tallking about her like she is a naughty 4 yr old? “She was taught not to steal?” Most of us were! It’s not like she didn’t know what she was doing?! Pay it back, ya think? That’s not even the point! It wasn’t hers to take duh!

  • Patti miller

    She as well as others need to start realizing this is not yours do not take, was she not taught this as a child.. But then again these kind of people continue to do this because once arrested and sentenced they get a slap on the wrist and probation. Make them do jail time and have to pay restitution back at a certain amount a week. Enough amount that it is paid back in a certain amount as time as little. She took it all should have to pay it all back. Send her to jail and teach these people a lesson less of them will do it if they do stiff jail time and have a 2 to 5 year limit on payback time. Depending on amount depends on number of years. Not to exceed 5 years thou.

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