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Civic Center Director Facing Theft Charges

DICKSON CITY — Police in Lackawanna County say the director of a community civic center used the center’s bank account as her own, stealing thousands to spend at casinos.

Rebecca Flannery of Dickson City was arraigned at the Lackawanna County Courthouse Wednesday morning on theft charges tied to her job as the director of the Dickson City Civic Center.

Flannery has had the job for a decade, but investigators say over the past four years she’s stolen at least $13,000.

The Dickson City Civic Center is home to a preschool, after school programs, basketball leagues, and private birthday parties.

There the director is known casually as “Miss Becky.” She has a special parking spot right outside the front door.

But Miss Becky, or Rebecca Flannery of Dickson City, has been on medical leave since April. She’s now answering to felony theft charges accused of taking at least $13,000 from the civic center’s accounts.

“We supported Becky, as we trusted her, and this is very shocking to see this happen,” said Dickson City Civic Center board member Kathy Siwinski.

Siwinski broke the news to staff shortly after Flannery’s arraignment.

Siwinski and other board members went to authorities in June when they noticed thousands of dollars in withdrawals from the civic center’s checking account, an account that only Flannery had access to.

All the withdrawals were made at casinos here in our area and in Atlantic City.

According to court papers, Flannery took $13,000 dating back to 2010.

“We’re OK financially. I’m sure we’ll build our balance back up. We’ll be fine. Our preschool’s full. We have a waiting list,” Siwinski said.

Siwinski says the depletion of funds won’t affect programs at the Dickson City Civic Center that pay for themselves. The center also receives money from Dickson City borough.

That upset taxpayers.

“My tax money’s going toward gambling? That doesn’t make me very happy, you know what I mean? I just hope that they come to a resolution and get it figured out the right way,” said Kyle Rochinski of Dickson City.

Rebecca Flannery was charged with several counts of theft and receiving stolen property. She was released on $25,000 bail. She’s due back in court later on this month.

For now, she remains on medical leave from her job at the Dickson City Civic Center.

17 comments

  • lemme sedat

    Tell Her to move to moosic they’ll love her there !!! she can work at bitty bills. And all the ice cream she can eat!

  • sick

    They ABSOLUTELY need to look into her finances….she set up her family with checks that 13 thousand was the tip of the iceberg ….this sociopath can slap a smile on her face or a camera ,one minute and rip the faces off employees and anyone else that gets in her way….lots of those activities were cash funded…dances, birthday parties, exercise classe…do u know how easy It is to pocket that….and why aren’t they investigating the husband and the mother…they all had their hands in it…all of the cash at he fund raisers…they will never be able to track and prove it….Sick….and she will get her job back ….sick and twisted Dickson city politics….you can only sweep so much under the carpet….

  • Me

    That’s why you don’t put your children in programs that you have to “pay” for.

    What comes around goes around. This one is probably in for a real treat. Enjoy your 4×8 tubby !

  • Happy Camper

    This is so upsetting. Poor Miss Becky…karma has caught up to her! What is most upsetting, is that innocent children have suffered. A program that has so much to offer, started to slack the last 2 years, because of her gambling problem.Children injured because of lack of supervision and careless mistakes because she was to self centered. Remove MISS BECKY’S parking name plate and let it hang in her jail cell!! It’s so nice opening the paper and Advantage every week no longer seeing Miss Becky’s face plastered in there promoting her ego!! Now front page picture for stealing from children! First she took someones husband, now taxpayers money! Hats off to current DCCC staff for staying positive and making positive changes!

  • Jeff

    How many local embezzlement stories has WNEP aired in the last few years with the same :”I spent it at the casino” explanation. Were talking a minimum of hundreds of thousands of dollars here. Add to this the numerous seniors who have blown through their bank accounts at the casinos and we have a real story just waiting to be investigated. Are you listening Dave Bohman?

    • Greg B.

      Totally agree. Add to that the fact that you can’t even get a parking space half the time at a mini-mart or gas station around here these days because all the parking spots are full of Seniors scratching lottery tickets on their dashboards. It’s an epidemic but nobody cares as long as the state keeps making money, I guess. Then these people get all excited when they win a few hundred bucks once every couple years but don’t realize that they’re still way in the hole (just like the Casino). And many of these places now accept debit cards to purchase lottery tickets, which is ridiculous.

      • Tom

        Not to mention ATM’s right on the casino floor. And did you ever notice that the posted signs directing you to call a phone number if you have a gambling problem are attached to the cash redemption machines, which are used by the WINNERS? It’s like posting an Alcoholics Anonymous ad at a Teetotalers convention.

  • General sherman hill

    Gee, you take yourself a little well deserved holiday bonus now and then, and all of a sudden it’s a big deal! Nobody said you couldn’t did they?

    • what a shock lol

      She is probably still collecting a paycheck knowing the corruption of Dickson City Politics…they will never unravel her misappropriation of funds…I am hoping the people who worked under this soul-less shrew will have the professional courage to reveal what they know…do not let the political corruptors who turned a blind eye intimidate you….speak now and let justice be done…they can not hurt you anymore….stay strong and send a message to those who steal from employees , children, the city….be strong…and do the right thing….

  • Karma

    This is so upsetting. Poor Miss Becky…karma has caught up to her! What is most upsetting, is that innocent children have suffered. A program that has so much to offer, started to slack the last 2 years, because of her gambling problem.Children injured because of lack of supervision and careless mistakes because she was to self centered. Remove MISS BECKY’S parking name plate and let it hang in her jail cell!! First she took someones husband, now taxpayers money! Hats off to current DCCC staff for staying positive and making positive changes!

    • Loving Karma

      Karma nailed it…The narcissistic , self absorbed , self proclaimed “Miss Becky” always has and always go to any lengths to attain what she wants…this has been known for years by poorly treated employees and from what I know she went to great lengths to attain her new husband knowing his children and family…with all do respect to Kathy Sewinski….please do not say you are shocked…there is so much more in terms of funding she mismanaged and misused to benefit family…and still she has not been terminated…classic Dickson City Politics…when this is over she will probably get a raise…and her daily three hour naps will turn to four….What does Kathy S mean….we will make up the money….she took it….she doesn’t have to pay it back???….medical leave….hahahaha….two vacations during that leave …compliments of Dickson City…Oh and her husband is the head of the recreation authority…just a coincidence I am sure….

      • bdawg

        I truly believe miss Becky her husband and her mother all had their hands involved the woman is a disgrace to the community . $13000 stolen since 2010 double or triple that amount since she started . The board should be replaced for ignorance and stupidity . Enjoy your jail cell

  • Karma

    This is so upsetting. Poor Miss Becky…karma has caught up to her! What is most upsetting, is that innocent children have suffered. A program that has so much to offer, started to slack the last 2 years, because of her gambling problem.Children injured because of lack of supervision and careless mistakes because she was to self centered. Remove MISS BECKY’S parking name plate and let it hang in her jail cell!! Hats off to current DCCC staff for staying positive and making positive changes!

  • ME

    I think there needs to be a two-person or team of oversight of money in these organizations. Stealing from them is too common, nowadays.

  • Greg B.

    Monumentally and incredibly stupid. Not that stealing is acceptable (although someone who knows this idiot will surely be showing up soon here to defend her), but for all the things you could have done with that money, you spend it somewhere that has built-in odds to take it all.

    I think we need some kind of National Casino crime registry – you get caught spending stolen money at a Casino, you never get to set foot inside one again, for life. Period.

    I also think that these organizations need to stop simply turning over the books to one person or at least get an outside Accounting firm in there every couple months as a watchdog to see where the money’s going. From all the stories like this we’ve been hearing lately, it seems that nobody can keep their hands out the cookie jar these days. Pathetic.

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