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DA: Oklahoma woman arrested for stealing thousands from youth sports league

Halee Dawn Swafford, 27, has been charged with embezzlement after stealing around $9,000 from the Cleveland Youth Softball and Baseball Organization, according to documents filed with the Pawnee County District Attorney's Office. (Pawnee County Jail)

A Cleveland woman is in jail after admitting to embezzling thousands of dollars from a youth sports league.

Halee Dawn Swafford, 27, has been charged with embezzlement after stealing around $9,000 from the Cleveland Youth Softball and Baseball Organization, according to documents filed with the Pawnee County District Attorney's Office. Swafford was the secretary of the board for the organization when the embezzlement occurred between May 2017 and July 2017.

Investigators say they found that Swafford wrote herself several checks from the organization's bank account. Board members would reportedly write Swafford blank checks, and she would offer to pick up items for the organization.

Swafford reportedly denied taking the money for herself, but she offered to take out a loan for $9,000 to pay the sports league back, according to an affidavit. She later admitted to investigators that she had stolen the money.

"I took checks and cashed them to my name, while doing that I kept money from some of the checks. This money was the property of the baseball board in Cleveland. Money was spent on personal expenses and day to day living. The amount was somewhere over $5,000," Swafford wrote in a voluntary statement to investigators, according to the affidavit. Investigators found that the money missing actually totaled around $9,000.

If convicted, Swafford faces up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.


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