Friday, March 28, 2008

Guilty plea in hockey group swindle

Guilty plea in hockey group swindle:
"A former employee of the Brooklyn Park Youth Hockey Association pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing from the organization's pulltab receipts.
Laurie Marie Jones, 46, of Blaine, who had been charged with embezzling about $461,000, is to be sentenced in May for theft by swindle of more than $35,000. The embezzling began in early 2004 and continued through mid-2006, according to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Jones, the assistant manager of pulltab gambling for the hockey association, was responsible for ordering pulltabs from distributors, picking up both cash and unsold tickets from closed games, then depositing money into the organization's account.
Jones also was in charge of keeping records and overseeing audits performed by the Brooklyn Park Youth Hockey Booster Association."
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