Weaver police Chief Wayne Bush emailed a press release stating Christy Westbrook Hyde, 33, of Weaver, was charged with first-degree theft of property on March 21. Hyde allegedly stole more than $7,000 from the Weaver Football for Youth program, of which she was treasurer, Bush wrote.
Johnny Henderson, president of Weaver Football for Youth in 2012, said he was disappointed this happened, especially because he’d worked hard to raise money for new equipment for each player. The recreational program had nearly 70 players last year, Henderson said, and some were playing with 11-year-old helmets.
“I wish this could have been caught a long time ago,” Henderson said.
Henderson said Hyde was treasurer for three years and the program started noticing discrepancies when bills weren’t paid, even though there should have been money in the account.
Hyde was replaced in November by a new treasurer and refused to turn over the bank records, Henderson said.
It was after that the program asked Weaver police to investigate, he said.
John Thompson, current president of the program, said now when a purchase is made it requires two signatures.
Thompson also said when new equipment is bought the bill will be posted on the team’s website so parents know what their donations are being used for.
“You’ll be able to go on the website and see where every dime is accounted for,” Thompson said.
Thompson said he’s unsure if the money Hyde allegedly stole will ever be returned.
Hyde paid her $5,000 bond and was released on March 21 from the Calhoun County Jail. A court date is set for April 18.
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