United Way Director Used Agency Money to Gamble

Heather Wolfe has been arrested on charges of Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft by Deception, and Receiving Stolen Property, scamming the Armstrong County United Way out of $37,000.

A former Armstrong County United Way director has been arrested for stealing more than $37,000 from the agency.

Heather Marie Wolfe, 45, of North Buffalo Township, was hired as Director in March 2015.

According to District Attorney Scott Andreassi, the funds were pilfered to enable Wolfe to gamble at regional casinos.

“The investigation revealed that while serving as the Director, Wolfe fraudulently took funds from the organization without authorization,” Andreassi said in a prepared statement. “Some of those funds were paid directly to herĀ  by check or by fraudulent overtime figures. In addition, it was revealed that Wolfe would frequent casinos, include The Rivers and Meadows, and would use Agency funds to gamble.”

Andreassi said the amount of the theft was arrived through an audit performed by the Agency. As part of the investigation, Andreassi said a forensic audit will be performed by his office, a practice typically followed in all “white collar” crime cases.

Andreassi commended Trooper Eric Maurer of the Pennsylvania State Police who led the investigation.

“It is unfortunate that once again we see a nonprofit in our community, an organization that does such good work, victimized by a once-trusted employee. I would encourage everyone to continue to support their good work in the months ahead.”

Wolfe was taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge James Owen. Bond was set at $35,000 unsecured.