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A Frederick woman has been charged with theft of nearly $40,000 from a youth basketball league, according to charging documents.

Daphnie Campbell, 47, served as president of the Mid-Maryland Girls Basketball League from June 2011 until April, and was in charge of the league’s bank account, according to Frederick County District County records.

If convicted of the felony charge, Campbell faces a maximum of 15 years in jail and/or a fine of $15,000, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Erin Pearl.

Bank statements reveal several thousand dollars spent on cash withdrawals, clothing, shoes, restaurants, hotels, car rentals, gas, groceries, beauty and weight-loss services and payments to DirectTV, court documents say. In April, a $9,800 check was written paid to “cash,” and endorsed by Campbell, the documents said.

In the charging documents, league member Amy Poffenbarger told Detective Joseph Rowe, of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, that the Mid-Maryland Girls Basketball League did not authorize the use of league funds for personal expenses.

During Campbell’s tenure, bank statements obtained by the sheriff’s office between June 13, 2011, and May 11 revealed that of the $48,268 in the account, only $12,019 was paid out for league-related expenses, the documents said. As of May 11, the account was overdrawn by $351.

The funds are dues paid by the league’s 24 area associations from participant registration fees. The missing funds surfaced after referees for the league did not receive a $28,059 payment.

Poffenbarger said in court documents that Campbell’s mother, Kay Gant, paid the league $9,800 by certified check, and wanted to set up a payment plan. She said the league had not heard from Campbell and thought she was living in West Virginia.

Attorney Willie Mahone wrote the league a letter on May 23 also discussing a repayment plan.

Mahone did not return a call for comment before The Gazette’s press time, and Poffenbarger did not return an email seeking comment.

Mark H. Raithel, who has coached in the league for 18 years and serves as president of Ballenger Creek Recreation Council, said although he does not speak for the league, the theft affects all the parents who have paid into the league.

“I am sad that this happened, but what needs to be done when something like this happens is more than a slap on the wrist,” he said. “Everyone goes through ups and downs, but this is inappropriate and unacceptable.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Shelley McVicker, who is assigned to the case, was out of the office and also unavailable for comment before The Gazette’s press time.

A trial date is set for Sept. 5.

kheerbrandt@gazette.net