Woman accused of embezzling $180K from youth sports group gets jail furlough

Renee K. Nichols
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Renee K. Nichols

SPRINGBORO

The former treasurer of the Springboro Clearcreek Baseball Association (SCBA) was granted a furlough this morning from the Warren County Jail.

Renee K. Nichols, 46, is scheduled for arraignment on Wednesday in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Nichols was arrested at 2:30 p.m. Monday at her home by Springboro Detective Terry Dunkel, according to jail records.

This morning, jail officials said Nichols was granted a furlough but declined to elaborate on why she was released from jail or where she was.

Nichols is facing charges of aggravated theft and tampering with records.

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Nichols is accused of stealing more than $180,000 from club accounts while serving as treasurer of the organization for youth softball and baseball teams in Springboro from from 2011 until 2017.

“The scheme was discovered in 2017 when a new board member, who was a CPA and had experience in fraud investigations, began looking into the organization’s finances and discovered that Nichols had failed to file SCBA’s Form 990 with the IRS thereby threatening its tax-exempt status,” according to a press release issued by Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell announcing the indictment.

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“When confronted, Nichols then doctored bank records to hide the nature of the expenditures. Investigators also believe that Nichols destroyed and disposed of the laptop containing SCBA’s historical financial information,” according to the press release.

The investigation has identified more than 1,000 “improper expenditures,” according to the release.

Fornshell also reminded the public that on Oct, 24, his office and the Warren County Police Chiefs Association are presenting another training session for “board members, officers, directors, and volunteers of church, school, youth, charitable, and other community organizations.”

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During the training, Fornshell will discuss policies and procedures organizations can implement to protect themselves against internal theft.

Judge Donald Oda II and Assistant County Prosecutor Christopher Delnicki have been assigned to Nichols’ case.

On Tuesday, no lawyer was listed as representing her.

It was unclear if she would be able to repay the league for the money reportedly used on a Disney vacation and other personal expenses.