BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A woman from Depew who pleaded guilty to stealing from a youth hockey club was sentenced to weekends in jail.
Teresa Fusani spoke through tears in court as she apologized to the judge, the community, and the kids at the Depew Saints Hockey Club, where she stole $90,000.
She admitted to taking the money to support her gambling habit when she pleaded guilty to the 2nd Degree Grand Larceny charge.
The 49-year-old was the treasurer of the hockey organization from 2006 to 2010, but prosecutors said her theft continued into 2013. She would solicit donations from businesses and then pocket the cash.
Fusani paid back all of the money. The president of the hockey club confirmed he received a check for $90,000. He said he is sad for Teresa "and especially her kids", two of whom were active in youth hockey.
Judge Russell Buscaglia, who refused to allow cameras in court for the sentenced, referenced letters of support written by Fusani's children. Buscaglia said they factored into his leniency, saying they "affected" him. He also cited the fact that she paid full restitution.
If she had not paid back all the money, she may have faced "more lengthy prison time," according to Judge Buscaglia.
Instead, Fusani got weekends in jail for 4 months, in addition to 5 years probation and 500 hours of community service.