Former pee-wee football president charged with theft

By jeanne starmack


A former president of the Struthers Little Wildcats football league has pleaded not guilty to stealing $2,500 from the organization.

Lisa Farkas, 42, of Canterbury Lane, Boardman, appeared in Struthers Municipal Court on Friday and was arraigned on six counts of first-degree misdemeanor theft.

The $2,500 was spread out over six checks written on a PNC Bank account, according to a Struthers police report.

Struthers Detective Jeff Lewis said police began investigating the theft after new leaders took over the organization three months ago and discovered the missing money.

Lewis said they arrested Farkas on Friday and interviewed her extensively before her arraignment.

Judge James Lanzo read each count of theft and told Farkas she could be jailed for six months and could pay a fine of $1,000 on each one.

He set a total bond of $6,000, or 10 percent in cash.

It was not clear Friday evening whether Farkas had made bond. Police said she no longer was at the city jail but could have been transferred to the county lockup.

A woman who answered the phone at her home said she was unavailable and there would be no comment.

A spokeswoman for the Struthers Little Wildcats also would not comment.

Lewis said there also is $4,500 in cash missing from the league, but Farkas is not charged with stealing it.

She will appear again in court at 10:15 a.m. March 5 for a pretrial.

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