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Police: Tamaqua woman stole from Scouts, bought Luke Bryan tickets

A Tamaqua woman was arraigned Thursday on charges related to the theft of funds from the Daisy troop she oversaw.

Kayla Lee Hartranft, 28, of 214 Brown St., Tamaqua, appeared before District Magisterial Judge Stephen Bayer Thursday morning for arraignment on charges of theft by unlawful taking, failure to make proper disposition of funds, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. The charges were filed by Tamaqua Cpl. Henry Woods.

Hartranft was one of two people who had access to Daisy Troop 31210’s bank account at the M and T Bank and handled the bulk of transactions. In September, the other woman with access to the account was surprised to see the balance was a mere $1.21. She checked the transactions, found many that were unrelated to the troop and contacted Cpl. Woods.

Woods reviewed the bank records, then called in Drew Koser, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Koser conducted a forensic review and discovered that Hartranft used $6,217.40 from the troop’s account to pay for her personal utility bills, for multiple charges at Walmart and Boyer’s and for tickets to a Luke Bryan concert. The funds were stolen between Feb. 23 and Aug. 8, 2017.

Bayer set bail at $10,000 unsecured.