Soccer club treasurer pleads guilty

JOHNSTOWN – A former Fulton United Soccer Club treasurer who was charged in October with stealing thousands of dollars from the club pleaded guilty to grand larceny today and will serve 60 days in jail and make restitution.

Sandra Yost, 45, of 129 West Bush Road, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, in Fulton County Court.

She was accused of stealing from the club from January 2007 through December 2011.

According to Fulton County Assistant District Attorney James Riley, Yost has agreed to serve the jail time as well as five years of probation. Riley said Yost will pay $19,290 in restitution to the soccer club and serve 250 hours of community service.

According to the agreement, if Yost has full-time employment at the time of sentencing, she will serve her 60 days in jail on weekends, Riley said.

When Yost was charged in October, police said she stole about $13,000, although after further investigation, authorities discovered she had taken $19,290, Riley said.

Yost is the wife of Fulton County Superintendent of Highways and Facilities Mark Yost.

Sandra Yost previously was charged and arraigned on third-degree grand larceny, a felony. She could have faced up to seven years in state prison if she had been convicted on that charge, Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said.

An emotional Sandra Yost pleaded today before Acting Fulton County Court Judge Peter Feldstein in Fulton County Court.

Police said Sandra Yost spent the stolen money for personal use and fraudulently issued numerous checks to family members during her tenure as treasurer.

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