A former treasurer of the Coquitlam Little League will be sentenced for theft next year.
On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Port Coquitlam Provincial Court adjourned the case against Coquitlam resident Terri Michael to Feb. 2, 2024.
On Sept. 1, Michael pleaded guilty to theft over $5,000 for stealing $260,000 from the non-profit baseball organization between 2014 and 2020 — the year after the league's 11/12 All-Stars won the national championships.
The team went on to represent Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Under the Criminal Code of Canada, a theft conviction carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Michael, 65, is also charged with fraud over $5,000, an offence that remains outstanding before the court.
Earlier this month, her lawyer Justin Myers told the PoCo court that his client had mental health challenges "before and during" the theft; it is alleged she used the money for gambling.
A pre-sentencing report with a psychological assessment is now being prepared.
Michael was the club treasurer of the children's sporting group between September 2014 and August 2020 while her husband, Bruce, was its secretary; both also taught little league parents how to score keep.