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LINDA FAUQUIER

A 36-year-old Dalton woman faces three felony charges that she took thousands of dollars from the Lackawanna Trail Booster Club when she served as its treasurer.

Linda Fauquier, of Washington Street, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Paul Keeler Monday afternoon.

According to court records, one of the booster club officers, Lisa Lee, got a call March 20 from First National Bank that the club was overdrawn on its general account.

On the next day, Fauquier gave a full treasurer’s report on the booster club’s general account and sports account, and noted a total of $27,006.48, but bank records showed only a balance of $8,912.24.

Officers of the booster club approached Trail business manager Keith Glynn, and high school principal Mark Murphy on April 12 that accounts did not add up, and there appeared to be some missing money.

In his police criminal complaint, Dalton Patrolman Tyler Hinkley said he interviewed Celese Castro Giovanni on June 4, and she related that when Fauquier was in the hospital for an overdose back in April, Fauquier asked to borrow $7,500 from her to bring the booster club account up to date.

The complaint adds that Giovanni deposited $7,500 of her own money into the booster club account.

At the arraignment, Judge Keeler read Fauquier her rights and said the felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and access device fraud were “serious business,” and did she understand that?

She said she did.

Keeler set bail at $25,000 unsecured, and said she was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Aug. 13 at Lackawanna County central court.