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A former treasurer of a parents committee for three Boy Scouts troops in Orchard Park has been forced to turn over $24,000 she allegedly embezzled from the troops to pay for family medical problems.

In exchange for returning the money, the unidentified woman will be allowed to plead guilty in Erie County Court to felony charges of grand larceny and forgery and is expected to be spared a prison term, according to sources.

David Borchard, the chief officer of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, confirmed the pending plea deal.

Borchard said the embezzlement scheme came up during routine audits of the finances of the parents committee.

He said the woman apparently used the money in an attempt to cope with a series of family medical problems and never spent the money on high living.

Borchard said he is glad the money will be coming back to the troops because "that money was legitimately earned by the boys" and should be used for Scouting endeavors.

Sources said prosecutors found that the former treasurer had been periodically embezzling money by making out checks and forging the signature of another Scout official to get them cashed from November until June when she was initially confronted by authorities.

Once the woman's attorney turns over to prosecutors a check for the embezzled funds, she will plead guilty before Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury to the two felony counts, which carry a possible seven-year state prison term, sources said.

The woman is expected to be spared a prison term because of the total repayment of the embezzled funds, sources said.

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