Chatfield Senior High School Spikers Booster Club treasurer Kathleen McGrath arrested for theft

Nearly $10k missing from volleyball club

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The former treasurer of the Chatfield Senior High School Spikers Booster Club has been arrested on a theft charge.

Kathleen McGrath, 46, of Littleton, is accused of stealing nearly $10,000 from the volleyball booster club.

The school's volleyball coach called the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office after a player saw a story about McGrath on 7NEWS on March 1, 2013, when she was arrested for allegedly embezzling $170,000 from the construction company where she worked.

Coach Stephanie Schick told deputies it appeared that money was missing from their account and they hadn’t been able to contact McGrath for three months. 

During the investigation, Schick found $8,548.55 in booster club account money was used to buy items at CostCo, Walmart and Verizon Wireless, according to the arrest affidavit.

Investigators said they found the money was used to buy two sets of four tires, cigarettes, food, cash cards and other items at Costco.

Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir told 7NEWS that his office takes cases like this seriously for two reasons.  "The violation of trust associated with this kind of crime, and secondly, because of the impact that it has on really dedicated members of our community, parents and students who work so hard to earn the money to help clubs and organizations do the kind of work they do on behalf of kids."

"It's always sad when someone is accused of stealing money that would have benefitted students," said Lynn Setzer, the district's chief communications officer.

McGrath served as treasurer from March 2012 through February 2013, when the funds are alleged to have been stolen, prosecutors said.

A felony summons was issued for McGrath in October 2013.

Prosecutors said when McGrath did not respond to the felony summons, a warrant was issued for her arrest in November 2013. 

She was picked up in Douglas County on March 13. She is scheduled to be in court next week.

This isn't the first time McGrath has been accused of stealing large amounts of money.

McGrath was arrested on Feb. 27, 2013, on allegations she embezzled $170,000 from her former employer, Metro Construction of Denver. In that case, McGrath has pleaded not guilty to three felonies: Theft; computer crime and unauthorized use of a financial device. This case is ongoing and she has a disposition hearing scheduled on Thursday in Denver District Court.

In July 2009, McGrath was arrested by Cherry Hills police on charges of theft and check forgery. She pleaded guilty to felony theft but was given a deferred judgment that allowed her to clear her record in April 2011, according to court records.

Read about McGrath's other criminal cases: http://ch7ne.ws/1iffV6u

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