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Embezzlement Sentence Given

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A St. Pius High School volunteer for the cheerleading squad who allegedly admitted taking thousands of dollars for her private business has received a conditional discharge after pleading no contest to embezzling between $2,500 and $20,000.

Court documents in the case say D’Andrea Davis, 45, was placed on supervised probation after entering the plea before state District Judge Reed Sheppard in June.

She is required to maintain full-time employment, attend counseling programs as required probation, not use alcohol or illegal drugs, participate in the STEPS program, undergo random urinalysis and pay roughly $10,948 in restitution.

Violations of probation could result in Davis being incarcerated.

School administrators called Albuquerque police to report the missing money in December 2011, and Davis was subsequently arrested.

Davis managed the cheer squad at the West Side Catholic school for about a decade, ordering their uniforms, scheduling practices, setting up competition dates and managing finances.

The investigation began when parents said their monthly checks were being deposited into an account different from the one designated for cheerleading matters.

Parents who had paid for cheerleading uniforms in 2010 had their checks cashed, but never received the uniforms.

According to the criminal complaint, Davis’ bank records subpoenaed by police showed she had deposited money from parents into a personal business account.

In an interview with police, Davis admitted taking money to maintain the business she and her husband own, Champion Cheer LLC, which police found had not filed tax returns since 2006, the complaint said.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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