Former rescue worker must repay stolen funds –
By Patricia Beech –
Renee Estep, the former President of the Peebles Life Squad Association (PLSA), waived her right to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to charges of Grand Theft in Adams County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, June 21 with Judge Brett Spencer presiding.
Estep admitted that beginning Feb. 1, 2016 through May 2017 she had illegally withdrawn $28,340.39 from a savings account belonging to the PLSA.
She said she took the money to “pay personal bills” and further told the court, “I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, I was going to pay it back.”
Because she is not considered a flight risk, Estep was released on an “Own Recognizance Bond” to await sentencing at a later date. Additionally, she was instructed to repay the stolen money, and was placed on a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew as a condition of her bond. She was also ordered to appear every Monday at the county’s Adult Probation Department.
Judge Spencer warned that any violation of her bond could result in a maximum penalty of 18 months or a $5,000 fine.