A former bar manager and Shillington community block officer has been sentenced to Berks County Prison for stealing up to $500,000 from the club.
Vicki Macri, 51, of the 1100 block of Hickory Lane, Exeter Township, was convicted by a Berks County jury this month of theft by failure to make proper disposition of funds, theft by unlawful taking or disposition and related charges.
On Tuesday, she was sentenced to 364 to 729 days in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.
Judge Paul M. Yatron ordered her to pay $150,000 to the Shillington Social Quarters and barred her from holding office in any civic, fraternal or social organization.
She has been out on bail since her indictment in 2020 and has been remanded in custody since her sentencing.
After the trial before Jatron, jurors found Macri stole between $100,000 and $500,000 during her six-year tenure at the establishment.
Investigators believed Macri stole more than $1 million from small-time gambling and more from the bar, but due to a lack of records, they were unable to determine the exact amount, according to court documents.
The investigation began in February 2020 after county detectives received a complaint alleging financial irregularities involving a significant amount of money at a welfare organization, an independent organization.
According to the investigators:
Macri has been associated with Community Quarters since 2008. During her tenure, she served as bar manager, secretary and trustee for over six years. She was tasked with overseeing work, maintaining and reconciling financial statements, conducting cash audits, and making bank deposits on time.
Detectives interviewed people associated with the group and obtained records from financial institutions, retailers and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
Detectives learned the club at 38 S. Sterley St. had been operating without a valid liquor license since March 2019. They said Macri was responsible for obtaining the license.
Detectives then proceeded to examine financial records for the past five years. They found that between 2015 and February 2020, bank deposits totaled $311,381. Social Quarters reported $293,839 worth of bar sales to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue during the same time period. The net difference was $17,542.
A review of purchase records provided by the retailer, who supplied the social block with small-time gambling, found that a $1.1 million profit should have been made with the sale of the bar.
According to the results of the investigation, detectives found that the social quarter suffered material damage in the amount of about 1 million dollars.
Witnesses said they knew Macri as an avid casino gambler.
For at least part of the time she was bar manager and treasurer, the club also operated without a valid liquor or gambling license.