A woman in charge of the finances for a high school athletics booster program has been charged with stealing more than $34,000 from the club to pay her mortgage. 

Dulce Pacheco, 51, of Somerset, Mass., was charged Thursday morning by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office with one count of larceny over $1,200 by single scheme.

According to WBSM in New Bedford, Pacheco is alleged to have stolen $34,500 in December of 2017 from the Somerset Berkley Regional High School Athletics Booster Club. She was the treasurer of the organization.

Gregg Miliote, the spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney's Office, said the investigation into the alleged theft began in December 2018, after the Somerset Police Department became aware of "talk" of the supposed crime. Somerset Police referred the matter to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

Michael Scott, chief of the Financial Crimes Unit of the DA's Office, investigated the allegations with the assistance of the School Resource Officer assigned to Somerset Berkley Regional High School, James Roberts. 

Pacheco will appear in Fall River District Court on March 18.

Andy Berg is Executive Editor of Athletic Business.