By Ross Guidotti

LIGONIER (KDKA) – Police are investigating after the Ligonier Mounties midget football team found thousands missing from their organization.

According to county detectives, the former treasurer stole thousands from the team.

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Present board member Megan Leary and court documents say 32-year-old Stephanie Brewer of Ligonier pilfered the association’s account.

Leary told KDKA it happened over three months last year, with Brewer allegedly taking $12,000.

She’s accused of forging signatures on 68 checks.

It was the bank that broke the news that the Mounties were broke, holding an account with a negative balance.

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Leary says the board asked Brewer for an accounting of the team’s assets. Brewer allegedly told the board her son kicked her computer and she couldn’t retrieve files.

A few months later, the board demanded an accounting. Brewer told them the team had $2,300 in the account, but in reality they were broke.

The missing money came from fundraisers by the 100 players and cheerleaders that make up the squads. It was to pay for uniforms, insurance equipment and other operation expenses.

Ligonier Midge Football Association had to cash in a CD to keep the teams on the field for the year.

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