A sentencing date has been set for a woman accused of stealing more than $30,000 from the Van Bibber Lake Conservancy.
Rita K. Lang, 57, will face Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matt Headley on Jan. 5. Lang is charged with one count of Class D felony theft, punishable by up to three years in prison.
Lang was arrested Jan. 10, accused of taking $31,993.75 from the VBL Conservancy, where she was the financial secretary. She posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond and was released on Jan. 14.
She is being represented by public defender James Recker.
Court documents said Lang wrote checks to herself in the amount of $12,699.24 and took at least $9,159 in cash from the sale of conservancy trash bags. She was also accused of taking a missing laptop computer valued at $1,700, as well as other missing funds, late fees and penalties.
According to court documents, Lang confessed to the crimes, telling investigators that she began stealing to pay personal bills she had fallen behind on due to her husband's illness. She also said she was the primary provider for several members of her family.
The Van Bibber Lake Conservancy was established in 1970 to provide safe drinking water to the nearly 400 residents of Van Bibber Lake.
Conservancy board members are elected by area homeowners, oversee an annual budget of $250,000 and provide services including road construction and maintenance, water and sewer services and trash collection.