United Way Official Charged in Alleged Theft

The former executive director of the Clinton County United Way in Mill Hall, Pa., is out on $25,000 bail after being charged with unlawful taking, theft by deception, access device fraud and receiving stolen property.

Maria Garlick, 54, is accused of stealing more than $22,000 from the nonprofit. She was executive director from March 2018 through July 2019. Police filed charges on Oct. 18, 2019.

According to police and media reports, Garlick was terminated this past July when it was discovered she allegedly had been overpaying herself for a healthcare stipend, signing checks herself and getting various board members to sign them. The board members did not know of the overpayment.

There was also an issue regarding use of the organization’s debt card and electronic transfers. The total of the alleged theft is $22,131.82.

The organization’s board released a statement regarding the alleged thefts. It is, in part:

“The Clinton County United Way board of directors appreciate and respect our donors, stakeholders, and volunteers. We are committed to our community, our partner agencies, and continuing to help individuals who are striving for a better life in Clinton County.

“The board of directors has every intention of maintaining the integrity of our organization and honoring our mission in serving Clinton County. We will work diligently to provide accountability, oversight, and transparency as we move forward.”