BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The former bookkeeper of a youth hockey club will spend time behind bars, after being convicted of stealing $90,000.
Teresa Fusani, a wife and mother of three, admitted she stole $90,000 from the Depew Saints Hockey Club to fuel her gambling habit at the slot machines. She paid all that money back, but a judge still sentenced her to four months weekends in jail, five years probation and 500 hours of community service.
Last year the 49-year-old hockey mom admitted she stole the money while working as a treasurer from 2006 through 2010. She also admitted after leaving her position with the club, she sent donation request letters to several Depew area businesses requesting donations for the hockey club, but she kept the money to fuel her gambling habit.
The Depew Saints Hockey Club says,”they’re happy this is over and they can move on now. She paid all the money back.”
News 4 cameras weren’t allowed in court and Fusani and her attorney Joel Daniels didn’t comment after the sentencing.
Fusani’s husband, a disabled Depew police lieutenant, held his head in his hands during the sentencing and her son quietly sat and listened.
The club’s president previously told us they had no idea she was stealing. Dave Borkowski said, “We just wanted it to stop. We didn’t want her to keep soliciting these donations, we had no idea how deep it was and how large it was.”
Fusani apologized in court Monday to the club, her family and friends. She has been active at the Jewish Family Services, where they treat gambling addictions.