Dickinson Theatre Organ treasurer charged with stealing from group

 Patricia Nicholas-Lundy is charged with felony theft from the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society where she worked as treasurer. (left photo courtesy Del. State Police; organ photo: File/WHYY)

Patricia Nicholas-Lundy is charged with felony theft from the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society where she worked as treasurer. (left photo courtesy Del. State Police; organ photo: File/WHYY)

Police said the former treasurer of the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society charged $62,000 to a credit card she opened in the nonprofit group’s name. 

Patricia Nicholas-Lundy is accused of opening a credit card under the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society’s name, without telling anyone else in the organization. Police said she made a number of purchases using the credit card, including paying for her own wedding. The charges totaled more than $62,000.

A statement on the group’s Facebook page said the group is “shocked and appalled,” by the theft accusations. It goes on to say, “Mrs. Lundy has been discharged from all of her duties within the society and the Board of Directors has terminated her association with the organization.”

Nicholas-Lundy turned herself in to state police on Friday. She’s charged with felony theft and unlawful use of a payment card. She has been released on $20,000 unsecured bail.

The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society is a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and promoting the historic, 1920’s-era Kimball organ housed at Dickinson High School in Pike Creek. The group raises money through a series of concerts featuring the organ, in addition to selling recordings of the organ being played. 

According to tax documents posted online by Charity Navigator, the DTOS collected nearly $24,000 in donations and grants in 2014. When combined with $55,000 in program service revenue and another $25,000 in investment revenue, the group’s total revenue for 2014 was $104,000. 

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