A woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Bethel Park cheerleaders to fuel a shopping addiction, police said.
Channel 11’s Alan Jennings reported Mary Lynn Schneir, the former president of the Bethel Park Junior Cheerleaders, described herself to police as a shopaholic who couldn’t control her spending habits.
Schneir faced a preliminary hearing Monday for allegedly stealing money from the Bethel Park Junior Cheerleaders, which police said was used for personal purchases and a trip to Florida.
Police said they began their investigation into the missing money after board members noticed suspicious activity on the junior cheerleader’s bank account.
Phil DiLucente, Schneir’s attorney, said his client’s actions were misunderstood. He said Schneir was a dedicated coach who endured personal hardship to get the job done.
“Any time you’re a coach of youths, particularly for cheerleading, there's a tremendous amount of responsibility and stress involved,” said DiLucente. “Once we do our accounting, if there's any money that had been loaned and needs to be repaid, it's going to be repaid.”