Avon Woman Sentenced For Stealing Youth Basketball Funds
ST. CLOUD -- An Avon woman has been given a stayed sentence for stealing thousands of dollars from the Albany Girls Basketball Association. She will be on probation for five years.
Fifty-one-year-old Kimberly Ritzer previously pleaded guilty to three counts of theft-by swindle. In exchange, two other similar charges were dropped.
According to the criminal complaint, Ritzer used her role as the group’s treasurer to access bank accounts and buy personal items. Records show Ritzer spent just over $8,200 at stores like Victoria’s Secret, Hollister and Ulta over a two-and-a-half year span.
Members of the association discovered the missing funds last fall. Ritzer was in charge of the basketball association’s finances for seven years and was the only one responsible for the accounts. She had bank statements mailed to her home and provided handwritten balance sheets to association members.
The complaint also says Ritzer admitted taking the money for personal expenses, agreed to pay them back and resigned from the position.
According to the Stearns County Attorney's Office, Ritzer has repaid just over $8,200 in restitution and was ordered to submit a letter of apology. As part of the judge's order, Ritzer cannot serve on any board in a financially responsible role.
Ritzer will serve eight days in jail and an additional 22 days on home monitoring before the probation is enacted.