A former treasurer for Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheer pleaded guilty today to five felony counts, including grand theft and identity theft, for embezzling more than $100,000 from the organization’s accounts.
Rachel Marie Owens, 41, also admitted an allegation that the theft was more than $65,000, said Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn.
Owens, who is expected to be sentenced to a year in jail at a May 10 hearing, also must pay restitution in the amount of $114,395.
The defendant, a math teacher at Guajome Park Academy, was the treasurer for Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheer from October 2013 to November of last year.
Around the time she left, the sheriff’s department’s Cyber Financial Crimes Unit began investigating a report of possible embezzlement of funds from the nonprofit organization, according to Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam.
Owens was jailed Feb. 24 after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
—City News Service
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