Seneca Man Accused of Stealing Thousands of Dollars From Youth Football Team

| February 13, 2018

OIL CITY, Pa. (EYT) — A Seneca man is facing felony charges after he allegedly stole thousands of dollars from a youth football program.

Brad Philip Chapel, 43, was arraigned Saturday morning on the following charges:

  • Other Reason Access Device Is Unauthorized By Issuer, Felony 3 (2 counts)
  • Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3
  • Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
  • Misapply Entrusted/Govt/Fin Institutional Property, Misdemeanor 2 (2 counts)

According to a criminal complaint filed on February 9 by Oil City Police Patrolman Culp, Chapel – the vice president of the Oil City Elementary Football organization – allegedly used a debit card issued to the organization to make unauthorized transactions totaling $3,407.69.

The transactions were made between February 9, 2015, and November 16, 2016.

On November 4, 2017, during an interview with Patrolman Culp, Chapel admitted that in the early part of April 2015, he took control of the debit card from his ex-wife to conduct business on behalf of the youth football organization. Chapel also admitted to making some unauthorized transactions with the debit card. Chapel told Culp that he may have “accidentally” or “mistakenly” made personal purchases, the complaint said.

During a February 4, 2018, interview with Patrolman Culp, Chapel stated he would not deny using the card for personal transactions; however, he said “(the transactions) were never in the amount alleged by the youth football organization,” the complaint said.

Chapel faces a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. on February 21 before Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland.

He is free on $3,500 unsecured bail.


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