Stayton leader pleads guilty to booster club theft

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 11:32 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The former civic leader and treasurer of the Stayton Booster Club charged with stealing its money in 2011 has been sentenced to repay $40,000 and serve 30 days in jail.

The Salem Statesman Journal reported (http://stjr.nl/13JaJzO ) that Dick Morley pleaded guilty to theft charges Wednesday.

That ended a case that began more than a year ago when members of the club learned $60,000 was missing from its bank account.

Morley was once a member of the City Council and school and fire boards, and he was named 2010 Stayton First Citizen.

He apologized in court, saying he had "foolishly used this account as a home equity account."

The club's current president, Shannon Sheppard, said it was happy the case had been settled.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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