Man charged with stealing nearly $40K from local organizations
Michael H. Hrouda, 34, of the 200 block of Cricket Avenue, North Hills, was charged with multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, access device fraud and related charges after allegedly stealing more than $ 39,000 from the Ardsley North Hills Athletic Association — located in the Ardsley section of Upper Dublin Township — and the Abington Bulldogs Youth Wresting Club, a nonprofit athletic association in Abington Township, according to a news release issued by Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.
Hrouda was arraigned July 19 before District Judge Patricia Zaffarano in Ambler.
Hrouda was the treasurer of the Ardsley North Hills Athletic Association from May 2010 until July 2012 and was the president and treasurer of the Abington Bulldogs Youth Wrestling Club from 2008 until 2012, police said.
“These are completely volunteer organizations, from the president to the treasurer to the coaches, participating in these organizations to help kids,” Ferman said. “So when you have somebody who’s in that volunteer position, in a position of trust, where he or she is entrusted with not just the finances of the organization but the faith of all of the people of that community,
when we find out after the fact that person’s been stealing, it’s a horrendous breach of trust.”
Between May 2010 and August 2012, Hrouda allegedly made 28 cash withdrawals from the athletic association’s bank accounts, totaling $24,604.92, in addition to writing a series of unauthorized checks totaling $1,237.18 to purchase personal items such as a laptop computer, printing cartridges, packages of blank DVDs, computer anti-virus software and numerous other items, DFFRUGLnJ WR WKH DIfiGDYLW.
Hrouda also used the association’s Paypal account to withdraw another $150 for personal expenses, police said.
The total theft from the association was more than $ 26,000, police said.
During his time with the wrestling club, Hrouda stole more than $ 14,000 to pay household bills with a debit card tied to the club’s account, police said.
“Most of the withdrawals were cash withdrawals, so there’s really not a way to track exactly what the money was spent for,” Ferman said. “But the organizations know that the withdrawals were unauthorized, and many of them were done at times when the organizations did not even have any activities so there was just D VWHDGy flRZ RI PRnHy IURP WKH DFcounts to him with no explanation and no reason.”
At a meeting with a club official back in February, Hrouda admitted to misusing the club funds and stated he would pay the club back but made no attempt to reimburse them, police said.
Hrouda posted bail, which was set at 10 percent of $10,000, and he has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 30 before Zaffarano, according to the court docket.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Abidiwan- Lupo, the release said.
21st Century Media staff writer Carl Hessler Jr. contributed to this article.