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Former Park cheerleading booster club treasurer sentenced for stealing $2,700

Carla A. Krengel took over as treasurer of the Park High School cheerleading booster club and within days she pocketed money from the organization, according to police and court records.

Krengel, 53, was sentenced last month in Washington County District Court for embezzling more than $2,700 from the Cottage Grove high school organization. She was placed on probation, must pay restitution and meet other conditions as part of the sentence.

According to police and court records:

The club’s treasurer duties were transferred from then-coach Lisa Morrissey to Krengel, whose daughter was a Park student, in early December 2010. A short time later Krengel told Morrissey her name had to be removed as an authorized signer on the booster club’s bank account. In a 17-day period beginning Dec. 3, Krengel made five withdrawals from the club’s account at US Bank branches in Cottage Grove and Oakdale. In all, she took $2,782, according to the criminal complaint.

Morrissey received notices from the bank at the end of that month and in early January 2011 of overdrafts on the booster club’s account. She told Krengel about it, and Krengel said she was aware of it and that Morrissey should focus on coaching. Krengel also claimed the checkbook had been stolen and that police were notified and the state Commerce Department was investigating. That was not true, according to police records.

Booster club members met in early April to plan for an annual banquet. Club members would later tell police that Krengel “was adamant that she would take care of all of the finances and purchasing of items related to the upcoming banquet.”

After the banquet, Morrissey tried to use a $100 gift card given to her for her work with the team, but there was no money on it. A cheerleader’s mother tried to get reimbursed by the booster club for an expense, but Krengel never got her the money.

Booster club members met in April, compared notes that suggested suspicious financial activity by Krengel and contacted police.

When a Cottage Grove police investigator interviewed Krengel, she admitted to stealing. At the time, Krengel said, she didn’t have a job, nor did her husband, and she was desperate. She said she had planned to pay back the booster club.

Krengel did not return a call from the Bulletin seeking comment.

Krengel entered a guilty plea to felony theft this past August, and was sentenced by Judge William Ekstrum on Nov. 20. A one-year prison sentence was stayed, and she was placed on five years probation with 30 days of Sentence to Serve duty. She also was ordered to pay back $2,782 in $100 monthly payments, and she also cannot take a job or volunteer position that would give her access to someone else’s bank account.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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