Middlesex secretary faces prison for stealing from township
Authorities may never know what a former Middlesex secretary did with more than $200,000 she stole from the township, her defense lawyer said on Thursday.
“There was no indication of drug or alcohol abuse or gambling,” Charles Porter said of Linda A. Young. “I think she spent a lot of money on her kids and things of that nature. There was nothing that you would classically look at where the money had gone.”
Butler County Judge William R. Shaffer yesterday sentenced Young, 51, to four months in prison. Authorities said she stole more than $200,000 between 2004 and 2011. She pleaded guilty in May to forgery and theft counts.
Young will serve four months in the Butler County Prison, and then another eight months on electronic monitoring. She will be on probation for another 16 years.
According to court documents, Young admitted the thefts when township Manager Scot Fodi and Solicitor Michael Hnath interviewed her in March 2011 after an audit showed multiple checks made out to Young when they should have been made out to township vendors.
“I’m glad it’s finally over,” Young told Hnath, according to court documents. Authorities initially charged Young with nearly 1,200 counts of theft, forgery and tampering with records.
Fodi said the township will recover $55,000 through insurance, and Young also forfeited her pension, valued at $15,400. Young also made a $60,000 payment yesterday to the township. Shaffer set her total restitution at $211,000.
Shaffer said Young, the mother of two adult children, must serve 400 hours of community service, and could end her probation early if she pays off the debt.
However, Porter said of a full repayment, “Realistically, no. She tried to come up with as much up front, but the reality is, often times parties don’t have the means to make the restitution.”