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    Green Mountain Junior Baseball Association Official Guilty of Theft

    The former Sponsorship Director of the Green Mountain Junior Baseball Association pled guilty to stealing over $3,000 from the Association. On June 3, Jennifer Houston, 42, of Lakewood, pled guilty to one count of felony theft (between $1,000 and $20,000) (F4). She was given a two-year deferred judgment and sentence which will be supervised by the District Attorney’s Adult Diversion Program.

    The thefts occurred between May and August 2012. While reviewing accounts in July 2012, the Association’s treasurer noticed three checks written by Jennifer Houston made payable to herself. She thought it was unusual, but assumed the checks were written for legitimate team expenses. In September, 2012 the treasurer found six additional checks written by Houston to herself, and two checks written by Houston to her husband. The treasurer reported her findings to the Association’s President Josephine Trujillo.

    Trujillo confronted Houston and she admitted taking the money for personal use. Lakewood police were contacted.

    Houston was arrested and charged in January, 2013.

    At her court hearing on June 3, Houston paid $2,000 towards her total restitution of $3,200. She must pay the remaining $1,200 before the end of her diversion period.

    Diversion programs offer a valuable opportunity for certain first time, non-violent offenders, giving them a second chance. Offenders must take responsibility for their actions and are supervised by a diversion officer. They must plead guilty to the offense and comply with a set of term and conditions that will include paying restitution. At the end of the diversion period, usually two years, if the offender has met all the terms and conditions, the case will be dismissed.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    June 5, 2013

    Last Updated: 6-7-2013
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