Belle Vernon man accused of personal use of funds

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A Fayette County man is accused in a federal civil lawsuit of using his position as manager of a Belle Vernon credit union to fraudulently obtain at least $223,436 worth of goods and services.

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BV Person

Monongahela, PA

#52 Jan 3, 2012
a friend of mine went to the Belle Vernon Borough Council reorganization meeting and tells me that the council voted to reappoint Mr. Jackson to the Municipal Authority for a 5 year term --- this despite the unresolved cloud that hangs over his head. I hope the two council women ( not sure of their names) don't regret this ridiculous decision come election time in a few years. Especially since there was a more qaulified candidate and a resident of the borough for more than 20 years submitted his name for the position and his name never came up for a vote. Wonder when charged will be filed in this mess?
Being Hopeful

Belle Vernon, PA

#53 Jan 3, 2012
BV Person wrote:
a friend of mine went to the Belle Vernon Borough Council reorganization meeting and tells me that the council voted to reappoint Mr. Jackson to the Municipal Authority for a 5 year term --- this despite the unresolved cloud that hangs over his head. I hope the two council women ( not sure of their names) don't regret this ridiculous decision come election time in a few years. Especially since there was a more qaulified candidate and a resident of the borough for more than 20 years submitted his name for the position and his name never came up for a vote. Wonder when charged will be filed in this mess?
Would one of those women be Mary Beth Secler? The spelling of her last name may not be correct. I know that Jackson and Willson use her, her son Steve and her daughter Donna well! Both Steve & Donna were given interships at the CU from Rachel & Gerald. Also Steve was Rachel Willsons personal beck and call boy. At one time people who worked there were not sure if she was screwing the 18yr old intern or the 50 yr old fat man, or both at the same time for that matter. Also both Steve & Donna were used as Nannys for her little girl. Rachel Willson herself was just reappointed to the GRC board of directors for the year 2012. So please tell me are Gina Lynn & Marybeth Secler both idiots or are they in on it too!! I hope like Hell all of these scum get some serious jail time!!
WHO

Monessen, PA

#54 Jan 3, 2012
Being Hopeful wrote:
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Would one of those women be Mary Beth Secler? The spelling of her last name may not be correct. I know that Jackson and Willson use her, her son Steve and her daughter Donna well! Both Steve & Donna were given interships at the CU from Rachel & Gerald. Also Steve was Rachel Willsons personal beck and call boy. At one time people who worked there were not sure if she was screwing the 18yr old intern or the 50 yr old fat man, or both at the same time for that matter. Also both Steve & Donna were used as Nannys for her little girl. Rachel Willson herself was just reappointed to the GRC board of directors for the year 2012. So please tell me are Gina Lynn & Marybeth Secler both idiots or are they in on it too!! I hope like Hell all of these scum get some serious jail time!!
Who is Gina Lynn?
Being Hopeful

Belle Vernon, PA

#57 Jan 3, 2012
WHO wrote:
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Who is Gina Lynn?
Gina C. Lynn is the executive director of the Rostravor Chamber. She is also one of Rachel Willson's besties. She and Rachel planned the gateway clipper outings for the Chamber. The ones that Gerald used CU funds to pay for!! When Rachel got fired from the CU, Gina made a new membership called an "independent member" so Rachel could remain a board member. You are SUPPOSE to be representing a business. Well I guess we all know the type of "BUSINESS" RACHEL WILLSON represents, the "I lay on my back or get on my knees to get what I want"business ! Rachel was originally appointed by...Guess who? Fatty himself Gerald Jackson! She represented the CU. Now for 2012 she has be reappointed to the board as a "independent member" along with 2 othe men. So as you can see the Credit Union and the school board are not the only dirty laundry that needs disposed of in Belle Vernon!
BV Person

Naperville, IL

#58 Jan 3, 2012
Being Hopeful wrote:
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Would one of those women be Mary Beth Secler? The spelling of her last name may not be correct. I know that Jackson and Willson use her, her son Steve and her daughter Donna well! Both Steve & Donna were given interships at the CU from Rachel & Gerald. Also Steve was Rachel Willsons personal beck and call boy. At one time people who worked there were not sure if she was screwing the 18yr old intern or the 50 yr old fat man, or both at the same time for that matter. Also both Steve & Donna were used as Nannys for her little girl. Rachel Willson herself was just reappointed to the GRC board of directors for the year 2012. So please tell me are Gina Lynn & Marybeth Secler both idiots or are they in on it too!! I hope like Hell all of these scum get some serious jail time!!
Yes my source tells me Ms. Selecter ( not sure on spelling) seconded the Mayor 's reappointment. Her connection to Mr. Jackson is interesting. The other councilwoman made the nomination. Mr. Minitti was the only other member of council present andy source says he was not in favor of Jackson.
frustrated

Belle Vernon, PA

#59 Jan 4, 2012
BV Person wrote:
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Yes my source tells me Ms. Selecter ( not sure on spelling) seconded the Mayor 's reappointment. Her connection to Mr. Jackson is interesting. The other councilwoman made the nomination. Mr. Minitti was the only other member of council present andy source says he was not in favor of Jackson.
IT is so frustrating that these people are getting awaywith this crap...My God from Mayor to Embezzeler to Mayor! ITs just ridiculous! Were the hell are the FEDS????

Since: Jan 12

Hampton, VA

#60 Jan 4, 2012
As someone that use to call the Valley home so many years ago and who at one time lived in Belle Vernon,I find it a sad state of affairs when good people of the town go bad, allegedly, since there have been no charges brought against the good mayor, we must say and use alleged or allegedly. It is also disturbing that people would go and tie in other peoples children into this pile of smoldering dung. The children have nothing to do with any of this. The allegations being made about what was done and by whom it was done all involve adults, not children, so let's try and remember that. Otherwise, I find this all to be quite the heated topic and good reason for the local townsfolk to be up in arms and asking questions.
Disbelief

Belle Vernon, PA

#61 Jan 5, 2012
GrooTheWanderer wrote:
As someone that use to call the Valley home so many years ago and who at one time lived in Belle Vernon,I find it a sad state of affairs when good people of the town go bad, allegedly, since there have been no charges brought against the good mayor, we must say and use alleged or allegedly. It is also disturbing that people would go and tie in other peoples children into this pile of smoldering dung. The children have nothing to do with any of this. The allegations being made about what was done and by whom it was done all involve adults, not children, so let's try and remember that. Otherwise, I find this all to be quite the heated topic and good reason for the local townsfolk to be up in arms and asking questions.
I dont understand your defense of this matter! You say not to invovle the "children" but the only child Ive seen at the CU is Ms. Willsons little girl. If you are speaking of the Secelors they are ADULTS! Quite frankly if you play with the devil your going to get burned! BTW, How do YOU know that "the children" were not involved. Everyone knows that the Secelors, Jackson & Willson are thick as theives! Just informing you! If they were not involved, then consider this a life lesson to improve the quality of people they connect themselves too!

Since: Jan 12

Hampton, VA

#62 Jan 5, 2012
Disbelief wrote:
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I dont understand your defense of this matter! You say not to invovle the "children" but the only child Ive seen at the CU is Ms. Willsons little girl. If you are speaking of the Secelors they are ADULTS! Quite frankly if you play with the devil your going to get burned! BTW, How do YOU know that "the children" were not involved. Everyone knows that the Secelors, Jackson & Willson are thick as theives! Just informing you! If they were not involved, then consider this a life lesson to improve the quality of people they connect themselves too!
I'm not really defending anyone in the matter, though I am a firm believer that you are innocent until proven guilty. There may be much evidence pointing to Jackson and Wilson as doing what they are being accused of. I am not one to speak of their innocence or guilt, I have read about the goings on at the Credit Union and other things that they have had their hands into. My only concern was lumping the children, and no matter what their age, they are still someones children, right now they are young adults, either way, how can anyone just assume that they were in on any of the alleged criminal acts going on at the Credit Union. If I were a criminal and embezzling money I surely wouldn't involve older teenagers or young adults, I would want to keep things as hush hush as I could. As you point out, yes, it is a good life's lesson to learn either way.
If the townsfolk are so up in arms over all this which involves the mayor of the town, why aren't the people who are angry over all this going to the town council meetings and expressing their displeasure? Why haven't they taken up their pitchforks and torches and marched down Main St. to the council meeting and demand satisfaction in this matter? I read the Valley when they cover the council meetings and I haven't seen any articles written stating that the towns people are up in arms over the alleged wrong doings of the mayor who was also the manager of the credit union. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong, I may have missed something, I like anyone else following this story, would like to make sure that I am informed properly before coming to any conclusions of my own. I personally am still on the fence in this matter.
To answer one other question of yours in closing, I don't know that Ms. Secleter's children were or were not involved. Again, I believe that people are innocent until proven guilty. From what I have read, I think and feel that Ms. Secleter's children were there under legitimate circumstances and not there as any part of any alleged criminal activity. Do YOU yourself know that her children were involved in any questionable doings at the credit union?
Disbelief

Belle Vernon, PA

#63 Jan 6, 2012
As a member of the CU for 8 years and now a recent former one, I have witnessed quite a few on goings. I saw certain board members gradullay push Jackson in on a "consulting" measure, to pushing out the female manager to make room for him perminately. Then Jackson MADE a positon for his girlfriend. I have been there when an employee was getting reprimanded from Jackson himself for not doing what Willson told this person to do. Through the years I have saved a significant amount and when noticable things begin to happen, I questioned it. Most times not receiving an actual answer. Ms. Willson & Jackson were friends outside of the CU with the Selecters. The young ladys, internship was not very long and she left. The young man was different. It got to the point that everywhere Ms. Willson went so was he. I was at a GRC meeting and they were there together, very unusal, I would be at the CU in the afternoon and they would come in with Ms. Willsons little girl. He would leave and take the little girl with him. I do agree about what you said as far as keeping everything hush, hush as possiable. However, it is all just very suspicious! Do I know for sure that they are involved, NO. But It was ironic that when MS Willson was let go, so was the young man!
As far as charges go, I honestly will be surprised if there will be any. Right now the insurance co. in sueing civily. The CU received their reimbursement and does not want the attention. As long as Jacksons boy club is on the board, I dont see any of them raising any problems for him.I closed my accounts because not only did the CU hire a person of questionable character, they let him bring in his very unqualiflied mistress and for 2 years they have been taking lord knows how much. The two of them were there at all hours. You would drive by at 10 or 11 at night and his black mercedes would be there and the lights on.
AS far as the council meetings go, that is a verygood qusetion. I personally do not live in that part of the area. If I did I would be there! I myself do not understand why people are not raising hell!
At last, as a close friend of mine always says, it all comes out in the wash. wheather he admits and takes a deal, or is found guitly, hopefully his "businees days are done!
Do you remember

Monessen, PA

#65 Jan 6, 2012
Disbelief wrote:
As a member of the CU for 8 years and now a recent former one, I have witnessed quite a few on goings. I saw certain board members gradullay push Jackson in on a "consulting" measure, to pushing out the female manager to make room for him perminately. Then Jackson MADE a positon for his girlfriend. I have been there when an employee was getting reprimanded from Jackson himself for not doing what Willson told this person to do. Through the years I have saved a significant amount and when noticable things begin to happen, I questioned it. Most times not receiving an actual answer. Ms. Willson & Jackson were friends outside of the CU with the Selecters. The young ladys, internship was not very long and she left. The young man was different. It got to the point that everywhere Ms. Willson went so was he. I was at a GRC meeting and they were there together, very unusal, I would be at the CU in the afternoon and they would come in with Ms. Willsons little girl. He would leave and take the little girl with him. I do agree about what you said as far as keeping everything hush, hush as possiable. However, it is all just very suspicious! Do I know for sure that they are involved, NO. But It was ironic that when MS Willson was let go, so was the young man!
As far as charges go, I honestly will be surprised if there will be any. Right now the insurance co. in sueing civily. The CU received their reimbursement and does not want the attention. As long as Jacksons boy club is on the board, I dont see any of them raising any problems for him.I closed my accounts because not only did the CU hire a person of questionable character, they let him bring in his very unqualiflied mistress and for 2 years they have been taking lord knows how much. The two of them were there at all hours. You would drive by at 10 or 11 at night and his black mercedes would be there and the lights on.
AS far as the council meetings go, that is a verygood qusetion. I personally do not live in that part of the area. If I did I would be there! I myself do not understand why people are not raising hell!
At last, as a close friend of mine always says, it all comes out in the wash. wheather he admits and takes a deal, or is found guitly, hopefully his "businees days are done!
How many of you remember the article that appeared in the paper concerning 6 or 7 credit unions in our area that were in trouble?
Well Belle Vernon was one as well as one in Greensburg. When members questioned Gerald Jackson about the article his response was there was no problem and the woman who wrote that article was from Florida and didn't know what she was talking about.

Evidently she did and furthermore I have spoken to a number of people who at one time had him do their taxes (can you believe it?) and he would never sign his name on the tax erturn. And quite a few of them were audited and yet Mr. Patterson hired him as the manager; figure that out.

Several members of the credit union board accused the former manager, Debbie Davis,as not wanting to spend money to improve the office and its efficiency. Well, Gerald certainly spent the money in more ways than improving the office and its efficiency.

At the Spring Meeting all those credit union board members (with the exception of the female board member who initiated the investigation) need to resign or be voted out. Come together BVA members of the credit union and clean house.
DID YOU HEAR WHAT I HEARD

Monessen, PA

#66 Jan 6, 2012
Being Hopeful wrote:
Hopefully, Gerald Jackson and his girlfriend Rachel Willson will get criminal charges for thier embezzelment and get some jail time. People like them need to know that they cant get away with this crap! That you need to work hard to get things in life, not take from the people who do! I would love to be a fly on the wall during the court proceedings!
Heard a few days ago from an employee of the CU that it is not going to court.
Disbelief

Belle Vernon, PA

#67 Jan 6, 2012
DID YOU HEAR WHAT I HEARD wrote:
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Heard a few days ago from an employee of the CU that it is not going to court.
That really makes me sick! I would imagine he auctioned of his assets and paid the insurance co.

Since: Jan 12

Hampton, VA

#68 Jan 6, 2012
Disbelief wrote:
As a member of the CU for 8 years and now a recent former one, I have witnessed quite a few on goings. I saw certain board members gradullay push Jackson in on a "consulting" measure, to pushing out the female manager to make room for him perminately. Then Jackson MADE a positon for his girlfriend. I have been there when an employee was getting reprimanded from Jackson himself for not doing what Willson told this person to do. Through the years I have saved a significant amount and when noticable things begin to happen, I questioned it. Most times not receiving an actual answer. Ms. Willson & Jackson were friends outside of the CU with the Selecters. The young ladys, internship was not very long and she left. The young man was different. It got to the point that everywhere Ms. Willson went so was he. I was at a GRC meeting and they were there together, very unusal, I would be at the CU in the afternoon and they would come in with Ms. Willsons little girl. He would leave and take the little girl with him. I do agree about what you said as far as keeping everything hush, hush as possiable. However, it is all just very suspicious! Do I know for sure that they are involved, NO. But It was ironic that when MS Willson was let go, so was the young man!
As far as charges go, I honestly will be surprised if there will be any. Right now the insurance co. in sueing civily. The CU received their reimbursement and does not want the attention. As long as Jacksons boy club is on the board, I dont see any of them raising any problems for him.I closed my accounts because not only did the CU hire a person of questionable character, they let him bring in his very unqualiflied mistress and for 2 years they have been taking lord knows how much. The two of them were there at all hours. You would drive by at 10 or 11 at night and his black mercedes would be there and the lights on.
AS far as the council meetings go, that is a verygood qusetion. I personally do not live in that part of the area. If I did I would be there! I myself do not understand why people are not raising hell!
It would seem to me that you have a bit of insider information concerning this matter. It is all a very interesting matter and I find it all very intriguing. I find it very interesting that Mr. Jackson hasn't been formerly charged with any wrong doing, though is under investigation. It would seem that the Credit Union Board members would be pushing harder to discover where this money that was allegedly stolen has gone to. It just seems a bit fishy is what I am saying. Maybe there is more to it than meets the eye possibly.I wouldn't think that the board would turn a blind eye to the presumed theft of member money. As for the members of the credit union, are they demanding from the board that they act appropriately to find the money and the person or persons involved in taking it? I noticed that there was a post here also that stated that the rumor is nothing is going to come from any of this. So basically what is happening here, they are going to just sweep it all under the rug and get on with business? That just doesn't sound like the right thing to do in this situation. What this tells me is crime pays.$223k is a good pile of money to have just up and walk away to not care about.
shafted taxpayer

Charleroi, PA

#69 Jan 7, 2012
Bialon leading in the right direction, that's funny. I also understand that there will probably be no trial for Mr. Jackass, I mean Mr. Jackson. He's very slippery, you know, snake like. This school board goes through money like a drunken sailor, they have no problem wasting OUR money.
Disbelief

Belle Vernon, PA

#70 Jan 7, 2012
GrooTheWanderer wrote:
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It would seem to me that you have a bit of insider information concerning this matter. It is all a very interesting matter and I find it all very intriguing. I find it very interesting that Mr. Jackson hasn't been formerly charged with any wrong doing, though is under investigation. It would seem that the Credit Union Board members would be pushing harder to discover where this money that was allegedly stolen has gone to. It just seems a bit fishy is what I am saying. Maybe there is more to it than meets the eye possibly.I wouldn't think that the board would turn a blind eye to the presumed theft of member money. As for the members of the credit union, are they demanding from the board that they act appropriately to find the money and the person or persons involved in taking it? I noticed that there was a post here also that stated that the rumor is nothing is going to come from any of this. So basically what is happening here, they are going to just sweep it all under the rug and get on with business? That just doesn't sound like the right thing to do in this situation. What this tells me is crime pays.$223k is a good pile of money to have just up and walk away to not care about.
As far as Im aware, it was the female board member who started asking questions and pushing for this investagation. The "men folk" were is disbelief and were at first refusing this. She had to start on her to prove this was necessary. You arecorrect it is "fishy". Which brings the question, that I have asked before. Are they, the board that trusting, foolish and ignorant of the on goings in the CU? OR were some also involved? I did inquire to an attorney friend of mine that deals with this sort of thing, why no criminal charges have been filed. This person said it is all about money, and in the grand scheme of things $220,000 dollars is not alot in the banking/business world. Especially if he is willing to pay it back. That the CU will not want the attention that they hired someone who was able to steal from them. People(like myself) will start closing accounts. The CU has already been reimbursed, if he made a plea and is paying it all then thats it. Making a plea or deal, however you want tosay itcanbe done through attorneys without going to court. However, he will not be able to work with or around any type of money for years to come. The catch is that his mistress has not been sued, although named as accepting funds no civil or criminal suets are filled against her. So I imagine they will some how get around everything by placing her at the wheel. As far as CU board meetings,I belive the next open one is this spring and by that time people will start to forget. Although I did hear in the area people wanting Patterson to step down. I myself am not convienced that HE is the only one who should say "goodbye" to the school board and the CU. In anycase I truely believe that "Every DOG has their day"! Whether its in this life or the after one, Jackson & Willson will get what they deserve!
gasman peoples

Pittsburgh, PA

#71 Jan 7, 2012
do you mean -- mean dorothy urbanoiz who was fired from here ran our credit union into the ground took our employees off the sup board becasue she did not like them got into trouble with employees for running for a paid insurance office this summer got escorted out of office by lady manager then fired her chuck and bialon are friends dont he run the credit union in monessen
gasman peoples

Pittsburgh, PA

#72 Jan 7, 2012
my brother just called it is not baialon but it is baialon mother alice baialon i will ask monday at the shop what is the connection
gasman peoples

Pittsburgh, PA

#73 Jan 7, 2012
my brother just called its not baialon but his mother alice baialon dortyy and she are about the same age mid to late 70
Fact or Rumor

Monessen, PA

#74 Jan 8, 2012
gasman peoples wrote:
my brother just called its not baialon but his mother alice baialon dortyy and she are about the same age mid to late 70
NEVER heard the "dirt" you mentioned on Dorothy Urbanowicz. Is it a fact or rumor?

Alice Bialon is on the board at the Monessen Credit Union. She and Dorothy went to school in Monessen and they are NOT even 70. So again, get the facts. This site is for facts and not rumors.

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