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Clermont County youth sports group members accused of stealing $21,000

MILFORD, Ohio (Brad Underwood) -- Two local women were accused of stealing more than $21,000 from the Milford kids sports program they volunteered to support.

Shannon Wenzel and Carey Chesser both sat on the board for the Milford Basketball Association. An indictment in Clermont County alleged over the last six years they made unauthorized purchases with the program's money.

They were supposed to buy items to sell at concession stands. The prosecutor said he has evidence the women bought items for themselves such as DVDs, baby clothes, beach towels, gift cards and personal items from 2008 through 2014.
 
The president of the Milford Basketball Association, Jack Noe, said they started investigating when the sales numbers didn't add up. When asked for the receipts, Noe said they couldn't produce them. That's when they went to Sam's Club to verify the purchases.

The Milford Basketball Association is not a program of the Milford Exempted Village School District.  The organization does serve kids in the district, as well as those in parochial schools and who are home schooled. The group also raises money for school improvements.

If convicted on a grand theft charge, the women face possible prison sentences of six to 18 months and a fine of up to $5,000 each.

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