Woman to get ARD for theft

Perrin accused of stealing about $88K from golf club

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Duncansville area woman accused of stealing about $88,000 from her former employer is expected to enter Blair County’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first-time offenders.

Nicole D. Perrin, 37, 655 Orchard Drive, has been facing five felony theft-related counts since August 2016 when Logan Township police arrested her after an accounting firm’s investigation revealed missing money and unauthorized transactions from the Park Hills Golf Club accounts.

Perrin worked as the club’s office manager and bookkeeper from April 21, 2014, through Jan. 22, 2016, and according to the charges, was solely responsible for the club’s financial management tasks.

District Attorney Richard Consiglio said he agreed to Perrin’s entry into the ARD program because it’s a way for the club to get its money back.

“She’s already made a sizable down payment,” Consiglio said. “And there will be a lengthy probationary period when she will have to pay the rest of it back.”

Perrin’s name is on a list of 21 people scheduled Tuesday to appear before President Judge Elizabeth Doyle, seeking admission to the county’s ARD Program to address their criminal charges. Those who fulfill the program’s requirements have the option of subsequently petitioning the court to have the criminal charges expunged.

Consiglio said he spoke with the club leaders about directing Perrin to the ARD Program and they were supportive.

“I want to get the money back to these victims,” the district attorney said. “And we worked out a payment schedule with high payback rates which should lead to that.”

Perrin’s attorney, Joel Peppetti, did not return a phone call for comment.

Police said the club brought in an outside accounting firm to review the organization’s books after realizing that some vendors had not been paid in a timely manner. A closer look suggested large amounts of missing cash and unauthorized use of the club’s credit card and online banking system.

The accounting firm, according to police, identified Perrin’s use the club’s bank accounts to pay personal bills and to make purchases from online websites. She also was accused of manipulating the club’s accounting records, mainly by increasing payroll expenses.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.