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West St. Paul Sports Treasurer Charged in Stealing $25K

Posted at: 03/25/2013 4:55 PM
Updated at: 03/25/2013 5:05 PM
By: Maricella Miranda

A woman, who was the treasurer of a youth sports group in West St. Paul, has been charged in allegedly stealing at least $24,000 from the association.

Amber Rose Prahl, 31, of West St. Paul, was charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing from the organization over five months beginning last November, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County District Court.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first reported on the story last week.

Last month, officials from the West St. Paul Youth Athletic Association reported the theft to police, the complaint said. Prahl has since been fired as the group's treasurer.

Officials told police only the group's president and two board members could withdraw money from the group's bank account.

The treasurer was not permitted to withdraw funds.

Board members discovered unauthorized withdrawals were made from the group's account in debit card transactions and checks, beginning in November 2012 until March 20.

Only Prahl was in possession of the debit card, officials told police.

When board members confronted Prahl about the missing money, Prahl said she used the money to buy groceries, pay rent and travel out-of-state for a funeral, the complaint said.

Prahl sent the board an email, saying she took between $24,000 to $26,000 from the association. She has since cooperated with the group and police to determine the amount of money she took for personal uses, the complaint said.

Prahl was arrested and later released from the Dakota County Jail in Hastings. According to state records, Prahl does not have a criminal record, expect for minor traffic violations.

The criminal complaint can be found here.