Ex-golf course accountant pleads guilty in theft of thousands in cash

Audit for Timbers at Troy determined that $84,192 was stolen in 2000, 2001

May 09, 2002|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

The former on-site accountant for a Howard County-owned golf course in Elkridge pleaded guilty yesterday to repeatedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars in cash from the course's daily receipts over a period of several months to feed a gambling addiction.

Deborah Kekich, 36, pleaded guilty to a single count of felony theft by scheme under a plea arrangement in which state prosecutors promised to cap their request for active jail time at 15 months and set the restitution amount at $50,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 30.

Public defender Janette E. DeBoissiere said the money taken from the Timbers at Troy course never went for luxuries but to an addiction that started when Kekich was a teen-ager.

Kekich, who made the daily cash deposits for the course, covered up the thefts by maintaining two sets of books - one with the correct amount of cash and gift certificates taken in daily and another that inflated the gift certificates while underreporting the cash flow, according to a statement of facts.

Kekich, who started working at the course in May 2000, quit in July of last year. Officials at Chicago-based Kemper Sports Management Inc., which runs the golf course for the county and hired Kekich, discovered the discrepancies while training her replacement and ordered an audit, the statement said.

The audit determined that $84,192.86 in cash was unaccounted for between September 2000 and July of last year, according to the statement.

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