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Funds embezzled from two area youth sports leagues


Rice Lake (WQOW) - Two girls sports organizations in Barron County say trusted leaders stole money from them.

Gerri Cowley was head of the Rice Lake Volleyball League.  Police say she admitted taking between ten and fifteen-thousand dollars from league bank accounts. 

Investigators say she told them she did it because times were tough and her husband did not have a very good-paying job.

Police say the Rice Lake Girls Fastpitch Association was also a victim of theft by its leader.  Jody Ring is charged with illegally withdrawing at least $3,500 from the league's accounts. Investigators say Ring told them she got behind on payday loans and credit cards.

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