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LOCKPORT – A bowling club secretary is accused of stealing money designated for club expenses, then claiming money was stolen from her, in an apparent attempt to cover up the crime, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour said Friday.

Cheryl A. Wright, 50, of the Town of Lockport, was charged Thursday with a felony count of grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of falsely reporting an incident. Wright, who had been secretary of the Lockport Bowling Boosters Club, is accused of stealing more than $5,000 from a fund that pays for trophies and award banquets, among other things, associated with the Lockport High School bowling team, the sheriff said.

As the boosters club was reporting the loss of funds to Lockport police, Wright was in the process of filing a burglary report with the Sheriff’s Office, claiming $4,000 was stolen from her home, Voutour said.

An investigation by city police and sheriff’s investigators revealed the reported burglary didn’t occur and was an attempted coverup for the boosters club theft, Voutour said.

Following arraignment in Lockport Town Court, Wright was released without bail, pending another court appearance Dec. 13.