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Milford youth basketball theft suspects in court
BATAVIA, Ohio (WKRC) -- Two women accused of stealing money from the Milford Basketball League faced a judge for the first time.
Shannon Wenzel and Carey Chesser were each given a $25,000 bond in court Friday morning. However, they didn't have to post the money to stay out of jail. That meant that if they get into to trouble, then they'll have to pay it.
The women used to be in charge of buying items for the concession stands. They were accused of stealing more than $20,000 over a span of six years to buy personal items like 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.
Both women are due back in court later this month.