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City man accused of theft from B-A booster club

Former treasurer allegedly took $15,000 from wrestling group

An Altoona man has been accused of stealing about $15,000 from the Bellwood-Antis Wrestling Boosters, Pennsylvania State Police reported.

Kenneth G. Whaley, 49, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on Nov. 24 on theft-related charges, court documents stated.

Members of the wrestling boosters, an organization operated out of the Bellwood-Antis High School, approached state police in September with reports Whaley — the organization’s treasurer at the time — took money by writing checks to himself and for cash, and by taking cash from concession sales without replacing it, police reported.

Police were shown emails between Whaley and the high school’s wrestling coach, in which Whaley apologized for taking the money and worked out a payment plan to refund the money, according to court documents.

In October, state police interviewed Whaley and at that time he said he was struggling with a gambling problem and suffered temporary blackouts, preventing him from remembering the details of taking the money, according to the report.

Whaley told police he is making weekly payments to the boosters and confirmed the email shown to police was from him, court documents stated.

Whaley was not in custody at the time of the interview, police reported.

Miller set Whaley’s unsecured bail at $50,000, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 29.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 946-7458.

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