SF State Cheerleading Club Coach Pleads Guilty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2011

CONTACT:
ADA Seth Steward, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1014
Erica Terry Derryck, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

SF State Cheerleading Club Coach Pleads Guilty

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Ashlee Nicole Haley (CN 10027928) pled guilty to embezzlement of cheerleader funds. 

On Monday, March 7, 2011, defendant Ashlee Nicole Haley (DOB: 12/30/1986) appeared before the Honorable Jeffery Ross in Department 12 of San Francisco Superior Court and pled guilty to embezzlement in violation of California Penal Code Section 508.

“The defendant is taking responsibility for her actions and has agreed to pay back all of the money,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “While the victims in this case will be financially made whole, nothing can replace the experience of being part of a college cheerleading club.”

According to court documents, the defendant allegedly collected thousands of dollars from members of the San Francisco State Gators Cheerleading Club. San Francisco State University contracted with defendant Haley to coach and run the cheer club. As coach, Ms. Haley acted as treasurer, handling all banking for the club and deposits from more than twenty cheerleaders. Over the course of two years, Ms. Haley received money from members of the club to pay for cheerleading camp, uniforms, warm-ups, and other miscellaneous costs related to the cheerleading squad. Instead of paying for the cheerleading camp and uniforms and other expenses, Ms. Haley spent the victims’ deposits on personal purchases including food, entertainment, airline tickets, lodging, clothing, personal rent, rental cars and other items. 

The defendant was arrested on September 16, 2010 and arraigned on Friday, September 17, 2010 on 12 felony counts of grand theft, 16 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, and one felony count of embezzlement. 

As a result of the plea, the defendant will be sentenced to five days in the county jail, three years adult probation with several conditions including, two hundred hours of community service, a search condition, fees and fines and $14,684.02 in restitution. The court may reduce to the conviction to a misdemeanor after the defendant pays the restitution amount. 

Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2011 in Department 12.

Assistant District Attorney Sanaz Nikaein prosecuted the case.