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Penn students work out at the Pottruck Fitness Center. Credit: Luke Chen , Alvin Loke

The former Director of Recreation at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center on the 3700 block of Walnut Street has been charged with 24 counts of theft and forgery, among other offenses.

Amy Wagner was arrested on May 7, 2014 by a member of the Philadelphia Police Department, according to the Penn Division of Public Safety.

An official criminal docket released by the Municipal Court of Philadelphia County was filed on May 8.

According to the criminal docket, Wagner’s charges include four counts each of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, forgery and tampering with records.

A University staff member who wishes to remain anonymous sent a tip that claimed Wagner had been arrested for stealing equipment from the gym and selling it on eBay, “among other things.”

The staff member also said that upon her arrest, Wagner was handcuffed in Pottruck and taken out in the middle of the day by police.

The source noted that it is unclear “how she was actually shipping the items.”

The University employee was told that Wagner was selling the equipment on eBay by a staff member who works at Pottruck, the latter of whom also claimed that the thefts had been going on for three years.

The tipper alleged that Wagner was “even going into people’s lockers and taking money.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on July 5 that Wagner was charged with stealing cash and other items from the lost-and-found area.

An administrative officer at Pottruck could not reveal substantial information about Wagner because her thefts were “not public information” at the time of inquiry.

Wagner was assigned a public defender, but when contacted, the defender said that Wagner sought private counsel instead, referencing the listing of a granted order for continuance which postponed her hearing.

The criminal docket listing on May 22 lists her current attorney as Steno Rossman.

In a statement via email, the Penn Division of Public Safety confirmed that Wagner was arrested and charged with forgery, theft and related charges. DPS also reported that while Wagner was an employee at the time of arrest, “she is no longer employed by the University.”

Wagner, who holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Temple University, served as Director of Recreation at Pottruck from July 2007 to 2014.

She is next scheduled to appear in court on July 7.

“I think the Penn community, especially people who pay to use the gym, should know about this,” the University staff member said.

Updated: This article has been updated to include information from a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Wagner.

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