PHOENIXVILLE — A former manager of the Phoenixville Country Club was sentenced Wednesday to one to 23 months in Chester County Jail for stealing $147,000 from the club for personal expenses, including airfare, hotels, pyrotechnics and home renovations, etc.
Anthony Lucas, 58, of Newark, Delaware, was also ordered by Chester County Judge Allison Bell Royer to serve three years probation after the prison sentence.
Lucas was ordered to pay $147,207 in restitution to the Phoenixville Country Club355 Country Club Road.
Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan thanks Schuylkill Township Police for their work on the case.
“Anthony Lucas orchestrated a scheme to steal nearly $150,000 from his employer,” Ryan said in a prepared statement. “It was a complete breach of trust, and now he and his co-defendants will be held accountable by the criminal justice system.
“Phoenixville Country Club was not the only victim – the accused’s greed and criminal behavior also impacted its members and their families.”
Co-defendants Grace Crosson, 52, and Amy Clark, 38, pleaded guilty in December 2021 and are due to be sentenced in August.
According to prosecutors:
Lucas conspired with his co-defendants to steal money between January 2017 and May 2018.
The three cashed unauthorized checks or checks for more than authorized and split the proceeds.
Some of it went to Lucas and the co-defendants.
Schuylkill Township police became aware of the theft on May 3, 2018, after country club officials reported suspicious banking transactions.
During the investigation, the police learned that the accused was one of two people authorized to sign cheques. He therefore wrote and signed checks that his co-defendants cashed or deposited for him.
sergeant. Brian McCarthy of the Schuylkill Township Police investigated. Assistant District Attorney Bill Judge prosecuted the case.