A former treasurer of several Perrysburg youth athletic groups pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling in excess of $110,000.
|Kiki Lorann, left, in court with her attorney. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Kiki Lorann, 36, now of Tiffin, pleaded guilty to all seven counts in two separate cases involving six different organizations. Four of the counts are fourth-degree grand theft charges; the other three charges are fifth-degree theft offenses.
Thomas Matuszak, an assistant Wood County prosecuting attorney, outlined the details of Lorann's actions for the judge as detailed in the plea agreement.
Following the court session where Lorann stipulated to all the offenses, Matuszak said the investigator took extreme care in detailing every single charge "down to the penny" through bank records and information gathered through a search warrant of Lorann's home.
He said every single charge from all the counts was evaluated for legitimacy.
The attorney told the judge Lorann wrote checks for personal items. Matuszak also said she used credit cards in the organizations' names for personal matters.
Judge Robert Pollex accepted her plea after asking her a series of questions. He then found her guilty and ordered a pre-sentence investigation with sentencing set for July 16 at 11 a.m.
The two biggest victims were the Perrysburg Elementary Parents Association and Toth Parent Club.
Lorann bilked $48,727 from PEPA and $43,796 from Toth. She also stole $9,944 from the Perrysburg Gold Travel Baseball team. Those three organizations account for the four grand theft charges.
The theft charges involve $3,067 from the Perrysburg Sting Travelling Baseball team, $2,600 from the Perrysburg Amateur Baseball and Softball Commission and $1,955 from the Perrysburg Dirtbag Baseball Travel team. Adding these together, along with the change involved in most cases, the total is $110,047.
Matuszak said representatives from the organizations may speak at the sentencing, as part of the "victim impact" phase of the proceeding. Representatives can address the court personally and write letters to the judge describing the burdens placed upon the youth athletes because funding was not available for their programs.
Lorann's string of thefts began as early as July 2010 with the Toth Parent Club and continued at various points until she was caught last May. Matuszak said she was providing falsified reports to the organizations as she concealed the theft.
Lorann and her attorney both said Matuszak's description of events was accurate. However, they disagreed with the amounts.
The prosecuting attorney said he had spelled out specifically every fraudulent charge and that Lorann stipulated to those amounts in the plea agreement.
The maximum sentence for each of the grand theft charges is 18 months in prison; the three lesser charges carry a maximum of 12 months in prison. If sentences are imposed consecutively, she could be facing up to nine years in custody.
Following the plea, Matuszak said he is not confident of Lorann's ability to pay restitution. He said he will likely seek prison time to punish her and to deter others from committing similar crimes.
Lorann was allowed to remain free on bond until the sentencing.