A former cheerleading coach for Farmington (Mich.) High School is charged with a felony after allegedly stealing $9,737 from the team’s account.
Westland resident Kandice Hernandez, 25, faces one count of larceny by conversion. She was in Farmington Hills’ 47th District Court July 10 with her attorney, Jonathan Jones, for a pre-exam conference, when Judge Marla Parker adjourned it until July 22.
According to Ted Warthman, Farmington Public Safety’s deputy director, Hernandez admitted taking the funds for her personal use. “She used them for all kinds of things — rent payment, airline tickets to Florida …” he said.
The admission came during a June interview with Farmington Public Safety, and her attorney was present during the interview, he said.
Suspicion emerged when a fundraising company — hired by the team’s boosters, Farmington High Cheer Backers — contacted the school’s athletic director because a check issued from the booster’s account for services wasn’t cashed due to insufficient funds. That led to an investigation by FHS liaison Officer Christine Schutz in mid-June who discovered Hernandez had taken information from the boosters’ president and vice president to add them to the account, but failed to do so, Warthman said.
“It’s kind of sad for the kids. They put all that time and effort into raising money to have a nice cheer season, but now it’s up in the air what’s going to happen,” Warthman said.