Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Exact amount uncertain in Adelanto Little League embezzlement case

The dollar amount a former treasurer will pay back to the Adelanto Little League following her sentencing remains unknown.

San Bernardino County District Attorney spokesman Chris Lee told the Daily Press restitution in the embezzlement case involving Stacy Lynn Blandon will be ordered once more information becomes available.

"Restitution in this matter has not been ordered yet as we are currently trying to obtain information surrounding the exact amount," Lee said via email.

Blandon was sentenced Jan. 19 to 36 months probation after pleading no contest to one count of embezzlement exceeding $950 in value. Pursuant to the plea bargain, the charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

In December 2015, the Daily Press first reported that San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials were investigating allegations that possibly more than $15,000 may have been missing from the league - an amount Little League California District 49 Administrator Martin Hoover confirmed was accurate.

On Monday, Lee said he could not go into specifics of the case as a restitution hearing is pending, but he said a judge will determine the restitution amount based on evidence presented at that hearing.

"Whatever amount we can prove was stolen will be ordered paid back in restitution by the defendant," Lee said. "It's not uncommon that restitution is determined at a later date at a separate hearing."

Blandon was named the league's treasurer for the 2015 season, according to a previous Daily Press report. The DA's office filed charges against Blandon in March 2016, three months after league officials reported to authorities that they found money unaccounted for while reviewing their books.

In their complaint, prosecutors said the wrong-doing occurred between Sept. 23, 2014, and Oct. 20, 2015.

Blandon's no-contest plea also dismissed a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting a criminal offense that stemmed from a Feb. 3, 2015, incident in which she allegedly reported a felony to a Little League official despite knowing the report was false, according to the prosecution.

In addition to probation, Blandon was ordered to pay $235 to the court. Lee said a restitution hearing will be set once an exact amount is determined by the DA's office.

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