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Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:00 am

Mary Lisa Sanchez of Emporia has been charged in Lyon County District Court with a total of 28 counts of theft and forgery involving funds owned by the EHS Wrestling Parents Group.

Assistant Lyon County Attorney Meghan K. Frisch filed the complaint on Aug. 4.

Restitution in the form of a money order for $5,000 reportedly was made by Sanchez on June 11, 2009, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

The first count in the complaint against Sanchez accuses her of obtaining or exerting unauthorized control over $1,161 in cash “with the intent to permanently deprive the owner ... EHS Wrestling Parents Group, of the possession, use or benefit of such property.”

The charge is a Level 9, Non-person felony involving funds greater than $1,000 but less than $25,000.

The other 14 counts of theft each involve sums that are less than $1,000 individually. All are Class A, Non-person Misdemeanors, according to information in the complaint.

Counts 15 through 28 all relate to alleged forgeries by Sanchez for checks on or cash withdrawals from the EHS Wrestling Parents Group’s bank account. The complaint states that Sanchez purported the transactions were made “with the authority of EHS Wrestling Parents Group who did not give such authority.”

Sanchez is free on a $7,500 surety bond. Her first appearance in court will be on Aug. 18 at 12:45 p.m.

According to district court files, Sanchez previously had been charged with forgery and theft by deception, valued less than $1,000, in a case involving renting a residence to college students. That case was filed on Sept. 13, 2006.

On Jan. 4, 2007, Sanchez pleaded no contest to an amended charge of attempted forgery. The charge alleging theft by deception was dismissed. She was found guilty of the amended charge and placed on probation.

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