Former Athletic Director PLeads Guilty to Theft

By WTAJ News

Published 07/18 2014 09:52PM

Updated 07/18 2014 10:02PM

HUNTINGDON COUNTY---Donald W. Hosterman, 68, of Millheim, pled guilty yesterday to two counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking, and one count of Receiving Stolen Property. 

Hosterman’s charges stem  from two incidents.  On February 2, 2014, police responded to the Penns Valley School District Administration Building where Hosterman was serving as Penns Valley’s Athletic Director.  Hosterman was responsible for taking all of the money collected from admission fees at sporting events and locking it in a safe until the end of the event.  Hosterman would then count the funds and document the total on a form.  However, in January of 2014, the funds were counted by a secretary prior to Hosterman without his knowledge and a discrepancy in funds arose after Hosterman conducted his count and documented the funds.  Upon learning this, funds from 8 previous athletic events were counted without Hosterman’s knowledge and a $390.75 difference was found.  A surveillance camera that was installed showed Hosterman placing money in his pockets while he was counting funds. 

On March 19, 2014, police were contacted by the Mountain League, which is made up of 8 area school districts.  Hosterman was the treasurer of said league.  After the Mountain League heard of the theft, a representative from the league put a hold on its account and obtained bank statements dating back to 2010.  Upon review of the statements, it was discovered that on 27 separate occasions, Hosterman wrote himself multiple checks over the time span.  He issued himself a total of $22,800.00 that he was not entitled to.

Hosterman will be sentenced on August 15, 2014.  

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