It was a case of disappearing money, and now the culprit has admitted her guilt. According to authorities, $6,941 vanished from the Shadyside Cheer Moms Association's account.
Now, 37-year-old Olivia Patterson of Martins Ferry, reportedly the group's former treasurer, entered a guilty plea to one county of misdemeanor theft. Prosecutor Chris Berhalter says the shortfall was discovered by other Cheer Moms, and they acted on it.
Patterson was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but all jail time was suspended and she was ordered to pay back the money, in payments of at least $200 a month. She also has to publicly apologize to the cheerleaders and their families on Jan. 31, at the school.
She must also pay an additional $295 in court costs. If she fails to carry out any of those provisions, the 180-day jail sentence will automatically go back into effect.
A Martins Ferry woman has admitted to stealing $6,941 from the Shadyside Cheer Moms Association.
Olivia Patterson was sentenced to 180 days in jail but the entire sentence was suspended.
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