Pop Warner treasurer admits embezzling $100K

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Rachel Owens

SAN DIEGO — A former treasurer for Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheer pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $100,000 from the organization’s accounts.

Rachel Owens, 41, pleaded guilty to five felony counts, including embezzlement, identity theft and three counts of grand theft. As part of her plea deal, she agreed to a sentence of one year in jail and pay $114,395 in restitution to the league, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office said. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 10.

Owens was arrested Feb. 24 on suspicion of several counts of identity theft and grand theft. She has been in jail since then.

She was the treasurer for Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheer from October 2013 to November of last year.  Around the time she left, the sheriff’s department’s Cyber Financial Crimes Unit began investigating a report of possible embezzlement of funds from the organization, he said.

The defendant, a math teacher at Guajome Park Academy, was the treasurer for Vista Pop Warner Football and Cheer from October 2013 to November of last year.

Ken Elliott, a lawyer who also is a parent and coaches a team in the league, says board members began to become suspicious when vendors started calling asking why they weren’t being paid for services. As the board began to look into it, they discovered thousands of dollars were missing and checks were bouncing.