Premium Partners

Youth Sports Thief Will Spend Christmas in Jail

AthleticBusiness.com has partnered with LexisNexis to bring you this content.

Copyright 2018 Dayton Newspapers, Inc.
All Rights Reserved

Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

 

MIDDLETOWNA Middletown woman will spend Christmas in jail after pleading guilty to taking money from a youthsports group.

Danielle Lucas, 38, of Inland Drive, was indicted in April by a Butler County grand jury on two counts of felony theft for allegedly misappropriating money from the Middletown Youth Football and Cheer League.

In September, Lucas accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft and the second theft charge was dismissed. As a requirement of the plea deal, Lucas made restitution to the organization in the amount of $44,000.

The theft occurred while Lucas was treasurer of the organization from June 1, 2014 to Nov. 1, 2017, according to court documents and prosecutors.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Michael Oster sentenced Lucas on Monday to three years probation and also ordered her to spend time in the Butler County Jail from Dec. 22 through Jan. 7.

Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Gloria Sigman said Lucas' jail sentence was arranged to coincide with time she will be off for the holiday break as a school bus driver.

Middletown police began an investigation in October 2017 when the organization's new president, Quincy Hightower, reported the theft to detectives.

Middletown Police Maj. Scott Reeve said Lucas was the only person with access to the organization's account, a practice that has since been stopped.

"We always tell these organizations that two or even three signatures should be needed to access accounts and money," Reeve said.

Read More of Today's AB Headlines

Subscribe to Our Daily E-Newsletter

 
November 20, 2018
 
 
 

 

Copyright © 2018 LexisNexis, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy
AB Show 2022 in Orlando
AB Show is a solution-focused event for athletics, fitness, recreation and military professionals.
Learn More
AB Show
Buyer's Guide
Information on more than 3,000 companies, sorted by category. Listings are updated daily.
Learn More
Buyer's Guide