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United Way board makes statement on Garlick’s arrest

LOCK HAVEN — With the arrest last week of former Clinton County United Way executive director Maria Garlick, charged with stealing more than $22,000 from the agency, the Clinton County United Way Board of Directors has released the following statement to the public.

“The Clinton County United Way board of directors appreciate and respect our donors, stakeholders, and volunteers. We are committed to our community, our partner agencies, and continuing to help individuals who are striving for a better life in Clinton County.

“The board of directors has every intention of maintaining the integrity of our organization and honoring our mission in serving Clinton County. We will work diligently to provide accountability, oversight, and transparency as we move forward.

“We, as a volunteer board and as stewards of the resources entrusted to us assure you that the Clinton County United Way intends to continue to follow all legal and ethic standards and takes this responsibility very seriously.

“We kindly ask for your understanding and support during this difficult and unfortunate time.”

Clinton County United Way Board President Jason Walker added, “As we move forward, continuing to provide our community with the same mission that the Clinton County United Way has always delivered is our focus and priority. The support of our community is essential to the success of our partner agencies that many of our families, friends and neighbors rely on each day. Yesterday, today and moving forward we LIVE UNITED!”

Lock Haven City Police filed charges against Garlick on Oct. 18, following an approximately two-month investigation into allegations that she was stealing money from the United Way.

Garlick, who served as United Way executive director from March 2018 to July 24, 2019, was charged by Lock Haven City Police with theft, theft by decepiton, access device fraud and receiving stolen property, all felonies.

She was arraigned before District Judge Frank Mills and taken to the Clinton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail. She has since posted bail and was released.

According to the police report, Garlick was overpaid her $500 per month health stipend by $19,000 and used the United Way debit card for personal purchases that totalled $1,352. The actions were taken between April 2018 and July 24, 2019 when she was terminated.

Garlick was scheduled for a first appearance in Central Court today.

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