Police allege former pastor stole $18,600 from charity

| March 25, 2010

WINDBER — A Davidsville man accused of using a fictitious company name to steal money from a charity will answer theft charges in Somerset County.

Thomas A. Croyle, 45, of the 2700 block of Carpenters Park Road, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Joseph Cannoni of Windber.

Croyle is accused of embezzling $18,615 from St. Francis Sharing and Caring Inc.,

124 Stevens Lane, Conemaugh Township police said.

He is charged with 50 counts each of theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, failure to make required deposits and receiving stolen property.

The nonprofit charity’s primary program provides cash assistance and food to those who are eligible.

Croyle, a former Mennonite Church pastor, provided cash to clients from 2004 to June 2008.

Police said he instead deposited money into an account of a dummy company, C&A Management Services, which had a post office box in Jerome.

Charges were filed after an investigation by Wessel & Co. uncovered the alleged fraud, police said.

Croyle faces similar charges in Cambria County court.

He is accused of misappropriating $64,484 from Bridge of Hope of the Laurel Highlands from May 2005 until June 2008, forcing the charity to close.

Croyle is free on his own recognizance.



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