Ex-Phoenixville Country Club official gets jail term for stealing $147,000 – Daily Local

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WEST CHESTER — Chester County Common Court Judge Allison Bell Royer sentenced Anthony Lucas, 58, of Newark, Del., to 30 days to 23 months in Chester County Jail, followed by three years of probation, for theft by failure to make required disposition of funds and criminal conspiracy to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

He was also ordered to repay the $147,207 he stole from the Phoenixville Country Club while working as general manager. The defendant and his co-defendants, Grace Crosson and Amy Clark, pleaded guilty in December 2021.

Authorities say Lucas conspired with his co-defendants to steal funds from the Phoenixville Country Club between January 2017 and May 2018. The three cashed unauthorized checks or checks for more than authorized amounts and shared the product; some went to Lucas and the co-defendants. The defendant used the money for airfare, hotels, vacations, home improvement projects and rentals – including tables, chairs and fireworks – for events at his home.

Schuylkill Township police became aware of the theft on May 3, 2018, after the Phoenixville Country Club reported suspicious banking transactions. During the investigation, police learned that the accused was one of two people authorized to sign checks for the Phoenixville Country Club. He therefore wrote and signed checks that his co-defendants cashed or deposited for him.

Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “Anthony Lucas orchestrated a scheme to steal nearly $150,000 from his employer. It was a complete breach of trust, and now he and his co-defendants will be held accountable by the criminal justice system. The Phoenixville Country Club was not the only victim – the defendant’s greed and criminal behavior also impacted its members and their families. We thank the Township of Schuylkill. Police Department for their involvement in this case.

Co-defendants Crosson and Clark will be sentenced in August 2022. Sgt Brian McCarthy of Schuylkill Twp. The police investigated. Assistant District Attorney Bill Judge was the designated prosecutor.

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