Woman charged with theft of funds from Kane Day School

A Kane woman faces 84 felony charges linked with the alleged theft of funds from the Kane Day School at the Tabor Lutheran Church.Ashley Nicole Wilson, 26, of 615 Maple St., Kane, allegedly took $13,377.31 in funds while serving as the treasurer of the pre-school program.She has been arraigned before Kane District Judge Dave Engman, who set bail at $10,000 (unsecured).Wilson is scheduled to appear today in Central Court at the courthouse in Smethport to either waive a preliminary hearing or request a hearing before Engman.Kane Police Chief Brian Hillard filed the charges following an extensive investigation that began six weeks ago. Kane Police Officer Catrina Retterer also assisted in the case.Wilson faces the following charges, all felonies:*Three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.*A total of 43 counts of theft by unlawful taking.*A total of 38 counts of forgery.The alleged crimes took place between July 2010 and January, according to court documents.Wilson allegedly used Kane Day School checks for “personal spending,” court records show.According to court documents, Wilson admitted that she used some of the money for herself and was going to “pay it back.” She admitted using $1,100 for “her sister’s wedding,” court records show.Court documents show that some of the missing money includes $300 in student registration fees, $496.50 from a hoagie sale fund-raiser and $1,299 from a candy sale fund-raiser.The “total of all funds missing from the Kane Day School checking account while Wilson had control of all finances for the school is $13,377.31,” court documents indicate.Mary Bizzak, president of the Kane Day School board, and Linda Hearst also assisted with the investigation, according to court records.See full article by purchasing the Feb. 16 edition of The Kane Republican.