The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office announced that the former treasurer of the Pomona Youth Wrestling organization has been sentenced to 30 months probation and 30 days in jail for stealing almost $12,000 from the group.
Angela Hattie Padia, 31, of Arvada, was the treasurer of the not-for-profit youth club from the winter of 2007 though the end of February, 2010.
Angie Padia was a team parent for the youth organization with the responsibility of managing the club’s finances. Angie Padia was instructed to open a bank account in the name of Pomona Youth Wrestling. She opened the account and was the sole signer on the account.
In November, 2010 the theft came to the attention of other coaches and parents after they were notified about a large unpaid bill for new uniforms and equipment.
An examination of the accounts of the youth group discovered that approximately $12,000 had been taken from the accounts. The accounts had been depleted and the money taken by Padia for her own personal use.
The club’s money came from youth members’ registration fees and was used to purchase uniforms and equipment.
She repaid the entire $11,983 prior to sentencing on January 3, 2012.
“We are pleased with the sentence,” said District Attorney Scott Storey, “Sentencing Judge Dennis Hall recognized that even though the money was repaid, there needed to be a punitive sanction. I hope that this helps remind the coordinators of other youth sports organizations to be vigilant in the oversight of their financial transactions.”
Padia pled guilty on November 3, 2011 to a class five felony, attempted theft.