November 27, 2012
WILKES-BARRE – A Kingston woman charged with stealing funds from an elementary school's Parent Teacher Organization was sentenced Monday to 18 months probation.
Jessica Lynn Nieczykowski, 35, of Gillis Avenue, appeared before Luzerne County Judge David Lupas on a charge of theft by unlawful taking that she pleaded guilty to in September.
Prosecutors say Nieczykowski, who had been the organization's treasurer, took $1,108 from a bank account.
You were in a position of trust and you violated that trust, Lupas told Nieczykowski.
Nieczykowski's attorney, William Watt, said his client had gone through financial difficulties when she took the money, and he believes Nieczykowski will never appear in court again.
Nieczykowski has since repaid the money to the Wyoming Valley West School District.
Lupas also ordered Nieczykowski to complete 50 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the district.
The Pringle Street Elementary School closed in June after the nearly 90-year-old building became too expensive to repair and keep open. The school was one of two in the district shuttered.
No one from the now-defunct PTO appeared at Monday's hearing.
According to court papers, on Feb. 9, members of the PTO met with Kingston police, alleging Nieczykowski stole money from the organization's account at Luzerne Bank.
The money taken had been collected at PTO fundraisers, according to court papers.
Five days later, Nieczykowski went to police headquarters, where she allegedly admitted to taking the money between September and December 2011 while she was treasurer.