Man charged with steal­ing nearly $40K from lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions

The Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Jar­reau Free­man

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.

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