Ex-president indicted in club theft

He is accused of stealing $5,000 from youth group

November 22, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The former president of a Howard County youth football club has been accused of stealing more than $5,000 from the organization.

An indictment charging Richard A. Valentine, 46, of the 11600 block of Norwich Lane in Ellicott City with theft was unsealed yesterday. A Howard County grand jury handed up the indictment Tuesday.

Valentine is one of two people accused of stealing from the Columbia Bulldogs Association in the wake of an investigation that started with concerns about the former club treasurer's financial dealings.

The treasurer, Harriet Williams, 51, of Ellicott City, also was indicted this week on two theft counts. She is accused of stealing at least $71,000 in checks from the Bulldogs and taking $64,000 from her former employer, Maryland Motor Truck Association.

The cases against Williams and Valentine are not directly linked, although the discovery of a check that was allegedly deposited into Valentine's personal bank account came during the investigation into Williams' actions, according to charging documents.

After the $20,625 check made out to the Bulldogs was deposited into Valentine's account on Sept. 24, 2001, Valentine, who was serving as president of the club, wrote a check for $15,242.50 to the Bulldogs, according to court documents.

Valentine later told investigators that he was separated from his wife at the time, was having problems with his personal finances and used the balance of the money to pay bills, according to the documents.

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