Case Update: Schuylkill County Woman Sentenced for $99,000 Theft from Council for the Arts

January 15, 2020 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the daughter of the executive director of the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts has been sentenced to time in the Schuylkill County Prison for her theft of $98,332 from the organization.

Caroline Coyle entered her plea Tuesday before President Judge William Baldwin, who then sentenced Coyle to three-to-six months in the county prison followed by five years of probation. Coyle will also pay restitution to the council equal to the money she stole from the organization.

“This individual admitted her crime and will now pay the price,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “For five years, Coyle used Council for the Arts financial software under the guise of helping her mother and the organization. Instead, she wrote herself checks with forged signatures, and she spent all of the money on herself.”

Coyle was never a member of the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, nor was she an employee.

Coyle’s case was referred to the Office of Attorney General due to a conflict with Schuylkill County District Attorney Mike O’Pake.

Deputy Attorney General Philip McCarthy prosecuted the case.

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