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Fayette parent charged with taking money from football program

By Staff reports
ROBSON, W.Va. -- A Fayette County woman is facing embezzlement charges after allegedly stealing money from the Collins Middle School football program.In August, the football program began selling discount meal cards in an effort to raise funds for the team. At the end of the fundraiser, parent Paula Kay Lilly, 33, of Robson, turned in three checks to the school, instead of the cash collected during the fundraising event, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.When the school attempted to cash they checks, they were drawn against a closed checking account. Lilly allegedly refused to honor the checks and make them good, according to the Sheriff's Department.
In late September, the football program started a second fundraising effort, selling orders for doughnuts. Lilly again took part in the fundraiser and took several orders for doughnuts. When the money was supposed to be collected, Lilly allegedly submitted a check that was drawn against the same closed account, according to the Sheriff's Department.When the school refused to accept the check, Lilly allegedly turned in only a portion of the cash collected during the fundraiser. When Collins Middle School could not collect the remainder of the money after several attempts, they contacted the Sheriff's Department.Lilly, who turned herself in to the Sheriff's Department Friday, faces two misdemeanor counts of embezzlement and two misdemeanor counts of fraudulent schemes.She was arraigned in Fayette County Magistrate Court and released on a $10,000 bond.
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