Pop Warner Embezzlement Suspect Freed
May 23, 2006/By ocregister
A Pop Warner treasurer charged with embezzling $140,000 is free today because a judge granted her a release earlier this week.
Tangii Crain, 36, of Rossmoor pleaded not guilty Monday in Orange County Superior Court in Westminster.
Judge Stephaine George granted Crain's request to be released from Orange County Jail. She is charged with grand theft for defrauding Orange Empire Conference, a volunteer sports youth group.
Link to story: http://articles.ocregister.com/2006-05-23/news/24749619_1_embezzlement-pop-warner-preliminary-hearing
OC Woman Accused of Foul Play
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
SANTA ANA - A Rossmoor woman pleaded innocent Wednesday to grand theft charges for allegedly embezzling $140,000 from a dozen Pop Warner Football leagues in Orange and Los Angeles counties, and from players' parents.
Tangii Crain, 36, entered the plea before Orange County Superior Court Judge Stephanie George, who set bail at $140,000 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for May 19.
Crain was arrested Tuesday at her place of employment and booked at the Huntington Beach City Jail, said Huntington Beach police Lt. Craig Junginger.
Crain was a deputy commissioner of the Orange County Empire Conference, which oversees 26 Pop Warner Football leagues, and has been involved with the youth organization for about six years, serving as acting treasurer for the conference, Junginger said.
From April 2005 through last December, she allegedly embezzled checks from 12 leagues in Anaheim, Brea, Canyon Hills, Cypress, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Hacienda, Long Beach, Norwalk, Saddleback Valley, and Tustin, the lieutenant said.
Crain also allegedly embezzled checks from individual parents of participants in the leagues, he said.
Junginger told a local TV station that the mother of three used a ruse that allowed her to operate undetected by the bank.
"What she did was set up another bank account in a separate bank under the name of Ordinary Edibles by Crain, which the OEC matches up with Orange Empire Conference, so it didn't raise any suspicions with the bank when she would deposit checks saying OEC in the bank," Junginger said.
Police allege she spent all the money, using some of the embezzled funds to buy a used Ford Expedition and a Jeep Wrangler.
According to reports, the amount Crain allegedly stole amounts to about half of the Pop Warner conference's budget, while the checks she allegedly took from parents were to have been used to the take the children to Knott's Berry Farm.
Link to the story: http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local&id=4161495
From one embezzling "commissioner" to another embezzling "commissioner," Pop Warner's OEC organization sure is a den of thieves.