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Crime Q&A: What happened to couple accused of embezzling from Roseville Youth Soccer?

Q: What ever happened to the couple that embezzled money from the soccer league in Roseville? We heard a lot about them at first, but no outcome.

Jack, Sacramento

A: Heather Jo Sanford, former treasurer of the Roseville Youth Soccer organization, and her husband, Christopher Lawrence Sanford, both of Carmichael, were arrested in April 2013 on suspicion of embezzling more than $173,000 from the organization.

According to Placer County Superior Court records available online, both pleaded no contest to grand theft in March 2014. Heather Sanford was was sentenced to 365 days in county jail, with credit for time served. Christopher Sanford was sentenced to 365 days to be served in an alternative sentencing program with credit for time served in jail. Both also received five years formal probation.

Roseville Youth Soccer officials notified police in November 2012 of their suspicions that their former treasurer, Heather Sanford, had stolen a substantial amount of money from the youth sports organization from 2011 to 2012, according to police.

An investigation by Roseville detectives developed probable cause to arrest Heather and Christopher Sanford. Police said at the time of the arrest that the investigation uncovered evidence that Heather Sanford had written checks on the organization’s account to her husband, made cash withdrawals and used the organization’s debit card to make purchases for their pesonal use.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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