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Former Farmington cheer coach sentenced for stealing club’s money


THE FUTURE IF NEW LEGISLATION GETS APPROVAL IN LANSING. BUT FIRST A FORMER CHEERLEADING COACH IS SENTENCED FOR STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM A HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US I’M RHONDA WALKER. THAT DOES TOP OUR NEWS THIS NOON TODAY. THE 25-YEAR-OLD WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HELPING THE CHEERLEADING TEAM BUT INSTEAD SHE TOOK MORE THAN $9,000 FROM THEM. LOCAL 4’S LAUREN PODELL JOINS US NOW LIVE OUTSIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT IN PONTIAC AND LAUREN, THAT’S WHERE THE FORMER COACH WAS SENTENCED TODAY? Reporter: SHE CERTAINLY WAS, AND RHONDA THE KEEPER OF THAT MONEY WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO NEW UNIFORMITIES BUT INSTEAD THAT SHE STOLE THE MONEY AND DRAINED THAT FUND-RAISING ACCOUNT AND USED IT TOWARD HER OWN PERSONAL BILLS AND PLANE TICKETS. NOW THE JUDGE MADE IT VERY CLEAR TODAY THAT HER RECORD DIDN’T PUT HER BEHIND BARS BUT THE PROBATION SHE’S ON IS EXTREMELY STRICT. Reporter: 25-YEAR-OLD CANDICE HERNANDEZ WIPED AWAY TEARS AS HER FORMER FARMINGTON CHEERLEADERS WATCHED HER PAY THE PRICE FOR STEALING THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY OVER $9,000 TO BE EXACT. AND TO THINK THAT SHE JUST PUT THAT IN HER POCKET WAS SO SURPRISING. Reporter: HERNANDEZ WHO WAS VOTED THE DISTRICT’S COACH OF THE YEAR AFTER THE TEAM WENT TO REGIONALS WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS PROBATION ON LARCENY CHARGES. BUT THE JUDGE MADE IT CLEAR THIS PROBATION IS STRICT. WE’RE GOING TO PAY THE RESTITUTION OF WANT EVERY PENNY. WILL GO TOWARDS THE SNRIMS THIS CASE THE CHEERLEADING PROGRAM. HERNANDEZ AND HER ATTORNEY BOTH APOLOGIZED TO THE COURT. MY CLIENT MADE A HORRIFIC SELFISH WITHOUT THINKING OF THE CONSEQUENCES DECISION. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT WHAT I DID WAS WRONG. I KNOW THAT IT WAS WRONG AND I’M REALLY SORRY FOR EVERYONE THAT I HURT AND I INTEND TO PAY THE BACK. Reporter: BUT BECAUSE OF HER ACTIONS THE CHEERLEADING PROGRAM NOW HAS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HANDLING ALL OF THEIR FUNDS. IT HAS TO HAVE A SIGNATURE FROM ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS AS WELL. THE COACH CAN’T JUST GO GET MONEY THERE’S NO DEBIT CARD. Reporter: NOW BESIDES PAYING THAT $12,000 RESTITUTION, TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR SCREEN THESE ARE THE REST OF THE TERMS PROBATION TERMS THAT HERNANDEZ HAS TO ABIDE BY. SHE HAS TO COMPLETE 200 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. SHE’S SUBJECT TO RANDOM ALCOHOL AND DRUG TESTS 24-7. SHE MUST STAY AT LEAST 1,000 FEET AWAY FROM FARMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL AND ALL CHEERLEADING ACTIVITIES. WE SPOKE TO SOME OF THESE CHEERLEADERS, MEMBERS OF THIS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM TODAY. THEY WERE IN COURT THEY SAID IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO BE IN COURT WHERE THEIR VARSITY — WEAR THEIR JARSITY JACKET AND SHOW THE COUCH SHE DIDN’T STEAL THEIR SPIRIT.

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