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Schafer receives probation for Little League theft

Court hands down 10-year suspended sentence Monday
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jul 11, 2017

Catherine Schafer received a suspended sentence and probation Monday after pleading guilty to stealing from Jefferson County Little League and from its treasurer.

Schafer, 52, former president of Fairfield Little League, was charged with theft and ongoing criminal mischief against both Jefferson County Little League and against Ann Gary, the club’s treasurer. The thefts allegedly took place from March 21 to Sept. 30 in 2014. Schafer pleaded guilty to first degree theft in both cases.

She was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, but that sentence will be suspended if she complies with the terms of her probation. She was given five years probation.

Schafer will be required to pay restitution to both entities. She will be required to pay Gary restitution of $20,592.46, and to pay Jefferson County Little League $36,785.97. The restitution to Gary will be paid first.

Assistant county attorney for Jefferson County Pat McAvan said the restitution schedule is unusual for cases involving more than one victim. Normally, as restitution is paid, the money is divided between the victims until everyone is made whole. He said Jefferson County Little League suggested to the court that Gary be reimbursed first.

The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case involving Gary but not the case involving Little League. Since McAvan is active in Little League, the county attorney’s office recused itself from that case and turned it over to Washington County Attorney John Gish.

Neither Gish nor Jefferson County Attorney Tim Dille sought prison time for Schafer. In May, they told The Ledger it was more important that Schafer be allowed to work so she has the ability to pay the roughly $57,000 in restitution she owes.

In addition to restitution, Schafer will have to pay court costs and a $1,000 fine in each case. McAvan said she will be a convicted felon.



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