LONDONDERRY — A Londonderry woman is facing felony charges after allegedly stealing nearly $7,000 in funds that had been raised for a local youth sports organization while she was serving on its board.
Tanya Lemay, 37, of Hall Road, turned herself in on warrant to the Londonderry Police shortly before 7 p.m. Monday evening. Lemay was charged with felony theft and false report to law enforcement.
Detective Christopher Olsen said the warrant for Lemay’s arrest was issued following in investigation into money reportedly missing from the Londonderry Youth Football and Spirit Association (LYFS).
Olson said Lemay had been the person in charge of fundraising monies at the time of her arrest and had been contacted by the organization’s president after a month had passed without any money being deposited into LYFS’s bank account.
“It’s LYFS protocol that any money raised gets deposited within one week,” Olson said, noting that Lemay initially told organization officials that the money had been stolen in a burglary at her residence.
According to local police, Lemay later filed a report on the alleged burglary. The report alleged that other items, including prescription medications, had been stolen from her home as well.
Olson said that during a police interview, Lemay later stated that she didn’t deposit the funds within a week, because she was seeking approval to use some of those monies for league-related items.
Police said she told them that when she didn’t receive a response from LYFS, she claimed to have used “about $200” for league-related purchases, claiming she’d saved some receipts.
Following a confrontation with LYFS officials, Lemay wrote an apology letter and submitted her resignation from the board, where she confessed she’d made a “huge mistake” when it came to the fundraiser money.
Lemay was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. She will appear at 10th Circuit Court-District Division-Derry on Monday, July 14.