DA gets sheriff's report on theft from sports association

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By AJ Vicens

The on-again, off-again saga that is the investigation into the theft of $125,000 from the South Jeffco Sports Association has reached another landmark, as the report from the sheriff's investigator handling the case was presented to the Jeffco DA's office late last week.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said the officer completed his investigation and moved it to the DA's office late last week, but she declined to comment further.

Pam Russell, spokeswoman for Jeffco DA Scott Storey, confirmed that their office had received the report.

"The investigation was presented to the DA's office, and our economic crimes unit will review that investigation and make a determination as to what comes next," Russell said. She also declined to comment further.

The saga began in September 2007, when Gary Losh, the former president of the South Jeffco Sports Association, notified the sheriff's office of some suspicious activity involving finances at the association's office in South Jeffco. The investigation stalled quickly when the sheriff's office said there was reluctance on the part of the association to provide evidence, a claim that Losh denies. After media inquiries, the investigation was opened again but quickly closed. The investigation was opened for a third time by the sheriff's office after a meeting with the current association board.

The association says that, under the deal made with the woman who stole the money and eventually paid it back, the association had to refrain from asking the sheriff and the DA's office to prosecute.

The Courier is not identifying the woman involved based on the refusal of the sheriff's office, the DA's office and the association leadership — past and present — to identify her on the record.

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