Hilltown not-for-profit treasurer charged with grand larceny

Susan Sprung

 KNOX — The treasurer of Helderberg Valley Football was charged with grand larceny, a fourth-degree felony, on Dec. 4, accused of embezzling $1,400 from the not-for-profit organization, according to police.

Susan Sprung, 42, was called by investigators from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 3 after other members of the group noticed problems with its bank account, police said.

Sprung turned herself in at the Albany County Sheriff’s station in Clarksville. She was released and is scheduled to appear in the Village of Altamont Court in January.

Helderberg Valley Football was created to raise money for a junior varsity football team for Berne-Knox-Westerlo students. Currently, the district has no football program.

Dennis Barber, the organization’s bookkeeper, said he reports the group’s incoming and outgoing money to other members each month. As treasurer, Barber said, Sprung deposited and withdrew checks with the bank.

“There’s maybe $109 left in the account,” Barber said. He said attempts were made to have Sprung pay the money back to the organization.

The money was collected through donations and fund-raising, with breakfasts, selling merchandise, and a 5K run. About $1,000 was spent recently to obtain 501(c)3 status so Helderberg Valley Football could apply for grants as a not-for-profit, Barber said.

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