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Commissioner Among Charged in Alleged Theft of YMCA Money
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Charges were announced late Friday afternoon against Clinton County's Commissioner Chairman Adam Coleman.

The scandal also involves the former executive director the Lock Haven Area YMCA, Jeremiah Clark, and Coleman's mother, Kimberly Ann Coleman.

The three are facing theft charges.

The case involves the alleged misuse of at least $133,000.

Investigatoirs claim County Commissioner Adam Coleman, his mother, Kimberly, and Clark conspired to steal thousands of dollars from the YMCA. They are accused of using it for everything from Penn State football tickets to a campaign ad.

According to court papers, Clark used his position at the YMCA to steal at least more than $100,000 between 2006 and 2010.  The money allegedly bought tickets to Penn State football games, a hot tub, and even a campaign advertisement for Adam Coleman, just to name a few.

Coleman is seeking re-election this year. He is accused of conspiring with Clark to take YMCA money to pay for his bill at the Clinton County Country Club.

All three face either theft or conspiracy charges, and Coleman said his position with Clinton County remains unchanged.

People in the Lock Haven area are shocked by the charges.

"I'm shocked you know. I never knew people around here could do stuff like that in Lock Haven. I mean it's a small town. My grandchildren went to daycare there," said Roberta Wyland of Lock Haven.

"He was a well respected person in Lock Haven. It's just crazy. I know times are hard, but why would you need to steal from kids and people around here who need something to do, because there's nothing else around here to do," said David Strickland of Lock Haven.

In a statement released from his attorney, Adam Coleman sid he will remain in his position as commissioner and seek re-election. He called the charges against him politically motivated.

The Colemans and Clark are expected back in court in a couple weeks. They are free on bail.

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