The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

A former Valencia High School baseball coach pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of embezzling between $10,000 and $15,000 from the school and a booster club.

Jared Scott Snyder, 44, was charged with one count each of misappropriation, embezzlement by a public officer and embezzlement by a private officer, along with four counts of grand theft, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

According to prosecutors, Snyder allegedly submitted phony reimbursement forms to the high school, and used a parent-funded booster club account to pay for his personal credit card expenses, between April 2008 and February 2014.

Sheriff’s officials said parents complained about alleged financial irregularities in 2013, and an audit was conducted by the William S. Hart Unified School District. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Snyder received $8,000 in fraudulent cash reimbursements and spent roughly $7,000 in Valencia Diamond Club funds on his personal credit card expenses.

Snyder, who is free on his own recognizance, is due back in court March 6. If convicted, he faces up to six years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said.

City News Service

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