- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - The former treasurer of a group that fights against puppy mills has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from the group to pay for money he lost in a sweepstakes scam.

Seventy-one-year-old Donald Hostetter pleaded guilty in Lancaster County on Wednesday. A sentencing date will be set after a pre-sentencing investigation is completed.

County prosecutors say he embezzled the money from United Against Puppy Mills in 2013 and 2014.

Hostetter told investigators that he had fallen prey to a sweepstakes scam and had send thousands of dollars to pay fees and taxes he says an unknown caller told him he owed in order to collect the prize.

Hostetter says he used the stolen money to cover his losses from the scam.

Hostetter will have to repay the stolen money as part of his sentence.

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