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Walnutport man pleads to theft

Published August 28. 2013 05:01PM

A Walnutport man pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge.

Brian Farley, 54, former treasurer of the Whitehall Township Youth Soccer Club, on Monday admitted stealing about $120,000 from the club over more than six years.

Under a deal, he received five years of probation. Lehigh County Judge Kelly L. Banach ordered Farley to perform 100 hours of community service.

First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luksa said Farley has already paid $55,400, with the help of his mother-in-law. He still owes more than $64,000.

During his probationary period, Farley must make regular restitution payments and refrain from illegal drugs or alcohol.

At a club meeting in February, Farley reported the club bank accounts contained more than $30,000 after he paid for the club's uniforms.

It was discovered Farley never paid for the uniforms and the bank accounts had less than $5,000. A review of records determined most of the money the club had collected was missing and none of its major bills had been paid.

Whitehall police interviewed Farley on May 13 and he admitted he stole the money.

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