A federal grand jury presented indictments against the former Valdosta-Lowndes County YMCA director/chief executive officer and a building contractor who performed renovations for the YMCA.

Indictments returned this week against Nicky Tampas and Wayman Lee Patrick Jr. charged them with conspiracy to commit embezzlement from an organization receiving federal funds and embezzlement from an organization receiving federal funds.

Tampas also was charged with making false statements and another count of embezzlement.

The indictment, filed in the Valdosta Division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, says that between Jan. 1, 1999, and Dec. 30, 2002, Tampas and Patrick conspired to misappropriate YMCA funds for their own benefit.

As part of the conspiracy, Tampas hired Patrick, dba Extension Designs in Valdosta, to perform

renovations at the YMCA buildings in Valdosta and Lake Park, the indictment says. Tampas also hired Patrick to perform renovations on Tampas' residence using YMCA funds in December 2001, the indictment says.

Tampas paid Patrick's employees with YMCA funds for work the employees performed at other residences, the indictment says.

During the time period of the conspiracy, Tampas also paid Patrick with YMCA funds for regular landscaping on the yard at Tampas' residence, the indictment says.

Court documents say Tampas and Patrick caused $50,000 in YMCA funds to be converted to their own use.

In January, a former YMCA employee was convicted in a missing funds investigation.

Former business manager Toni Fillyaw was sentenced to 42 months behind bars in the Valdosta Division of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.

On Sept. 10, 2004, Fillyaw was found guilty of embezzling funds, mail fraud and mailing fraudulent financial statements, following a four-day jury trial. The charges stemmed from an investigation involving discrepancies between bank balances shown on internal YMCA financial statements and actual bank balances maintained by Bank of America that began in December 2002.

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