Internal Theft & Embezzlement
DEFENDANT: Vycky Lynn Macri (50 Years Old)
Reading, Pennsylvania 19606
CHARGES: Theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received
Theft by unlawful taking or disposition
Receiving stolen property
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On February 14, 2020, the Berks County Detective’s Office initiated a criminal investigation after receiving a complaint relating to the discovery of financial irregularities involving a significant amount of money at the Shillington Social Quarters.
Through the course of this criminal investigation, Detectives interviewed numerous individuals associated with the Shillington Social Quarters, seized records from financial institutions, vendors and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
The Detectives learned that the liquor license belonging to the Social Quarters, located at 38 S. Sterley Street, Shillington, Berks County, Pennsylvania, expired 3/31/19. The Social Quarters has been operating without a valid liquor license for more than (1) one year.
In 2015, the Social Quarters was fined for violations pursuant to the Small Games Act and Title 61, specifically citing that punchboards were altered.
The defendant, Vycky Macri, has been affiliated with the Shillington Social Quarters since 2008. During her tenure, she has been the bar manager, secretary and held the position of trustee for more than (6) six years. She was entrusted to oversee the entire operation of the Social Quarters, maintain and reconcile the financial records, audit the money and make the timely bank deposits.
Based on the review of the Social Quarters financial records and statements from 2015 through 2020, the bank deposits total $311,381.15.
During this same timeframe, the Social Quarters bar sales total was $293,839.94, which was the amount they reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
The net difference is $17,541.31.
In reviewing the purchase records provided by the vendor who supplied the Shillington Social Quarters with the Small Games of Chance, the income that should have generated along with the bar sales, is estimated at $1,105,900.35.
Based on the results of this investigation and in reviewing all the financial documents and business records, the Shillington Social Quarters has suffered a financial loss of approximately $1,088,359.05.
The defendant, during her (12) twelve-year tenure, held various positions, was entrusted to handle the monies and finances, but betrayed that trust.
On November 23, 2020, the Berks County Detective’s Office filed criminal charges against the defendant, Vycky Macri, at Magisterial District Judge David Yoch’s Office and an arrest warrant was issued.
On November 24, 2020, at approximately 9:30 A.M., the defendant surrendered by reporting to the Berks County Detective’s Office. She was taken into custody and immediately escorted to the Central Processing Center and released into the custody of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department.
The defendant will be fingerprinted and photographed.
The defendant was arraigned and bail was set at $100,000. The defendant remains free on bail.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Vycky Macri, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
“This is just another example of monies being stolen from a non-profit organization. Unfortunately, it has occurred too often. Every non-profit must have oversight from their respective boards to prevent theft and fraud from occurring. The board of this non-profit appeared to be asleep at the wheel. Non-profit organizations need to install appropriate checks and balances to prevent theft and fraud from occurring so that they can fulfill their mission to the public without interruption.” – District Attorney John T. Adams