Mother Suspected Of Stealing From Local Pop Warner

Carrie Richardson Suspected Of Embezzling $100K From Escondido Pop Warner Organization

A North County mother is suspected of embezzling about $100,000 from the Escondido Pop Warner organization, according to court documents.

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Carrie Richardson served as treasurer for the organization. She also worked as an accountant at the North County Yamaha for eight years until December.

Owners of the North County Yamaha told 10News when they learned she had been stealing thousands from them, they called the president of the Escondido Pop Warner Football organization and asked him to check the league's account.

They said he was shocked when he saw the account had been cleaned out.

Neighbor Mike Higgins said he did not know what to think when Richardson and her family recently left their Escondido home they had rented for the past 10 years. Their landlord was one of the owners of North County Yamaha.

"They were here one day [and] gone the next," said Higgins. "They left all their animals. It was quite an ordeal."

The owners of North County Yamaha did not want to go on camera but told 10News that Richardson – their former accountant – was quietly swiping her debit card at the store, stopping the charge before it went through and then refunding herself with the business' bank account.

According to court documents obtained by 10News, there had been "55 refunds that occurred between January 31, 2011 and November 28, 2011 with a total of $46,575.89."

Owners of North County Yamaha said Richardson disappeared from the store when she overheard them talking about the refunds with a risk analyst on the phone.

They said she left behind her purse with several receipts and banking documents for the Escondido Pop Warner Football organization.

League executives told 10News they have been instructed by police not to comment on the $100,000 Richardson is suspected of embezzling from them.

So far, no arrests have been made. It is believed that Richardson may be staying with family in Maine.

The vice president of the Escondido Pop Warner Football organization, Christina Davis, told 10News they plan to talk publicly as soon as the investigation is complete.

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