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San Francisco State Cheerleading Coach Guilty Of Embezzlement

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A former San Francisco State University student who ran the school’s cheerleading club pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling nearly $20,000 from the team, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Ashlee Haley, 24, was arrested in September and charged with 12 felony counts of grand theft, 16 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, and one felony count of embezzlement, according to the district attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said Haley, an Oakland resident, had been elected as the coach of the Gators Cheerleading Club by the other cheerleaders, and served as the team’s treasurer.

She took money from members to pay for cheerleading camp, uniforms and other expenses, but then allegedly used the cash for personal items such as food, entertainment, airline tickets, clothing and rent, according to the district attorney’s office.

Haley was a student and not a paid employee of the university, and has since left the school without graduating, university officials said.

She pleaded guilty Monday as part of a sentencing agreement that includes five days in county jail, three years’ probation, 200 hours of community service, various fees and fines, and $14,684.02 in restitution, prosecutors said.

The court may reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor after Haley pays the restitution amount.

Haley was scheduled to be sentenced on April 8.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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