Bellefonte woman convicted of embezzling $37,000 faces 2 years in prison

A Bellefonte woman convicted of embezzling more than $37,000 from the Philipsburg-Osceola wrestling booster club could spend up to two years in prison.

Teresa Horton, 48, was sentenced Tuesday to serve three months to 23 and a half months in prison for using her position as treasurer of the booster club to divert money between 2008 and 2010.

As part of the sentence, Horton was also ordered to pay $23,000 in restitution to the wrestling club.

She pleaded guilty to the charges in March, and avoided a two-day trial that had been scheduled before Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler. The charges included felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

At Horton’s preliminary hearing in April, club President Tonya Weitoish testified that Horton had used the club’s Sam’s Club card and money to buy things for herself, such as cat litter, steaks, turkey and chicken. Weitoish said those items were not items they sold at concession stands.

Her attorney, Marc Decker, previously said Horton had accepted responsibility for her crimes. At issue, he said, was how much restitution had already been paid back to the club and how much was still owed.