One thing to remember about schmucks: If they do something schmucky once, there's a good chance they'll do it again. As evidence, check the story of Kathleen McGrath, who's now admitted to pilfering nearly $10,000 from a high school booster club -- a crime that came to light only after she was busted for embezzling $170,000 from the construction company where she worked.
McGrath's first memorable mug shot....
Kathleen McGrath circa 2013.
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
...was snapped in late February 2013, after she was reportedly caught with her hand in the till at a Denver company called Metro Construction, where she worked as a bookkeeper.
According to an affidavit obtained by 7News, her boss asked her about a couple of checks written to Sams Club, and the blank stare he received in response inspired an investigation that ultimately uncovered as many as 180 unauthorized purchases using either company checks or the firm's gas credit card. The total? More than $170,0000.
A year later, McGrath was back in the headlines -- although her 2013 bust was the impetus for her next foray through the legal system.
After news of the 2013 arrest broke, the volleyball coach at Chatfield High School became concerned that something might be hinky with the finances of the Spikers Booster Club, for which McGrath served as treasurer.
The arrest was obviously one reason why -- but on top of that, the coach hadn't been able to reach McGrath for three months.
In the end, investigators in Jefferson County, where Chatfield is located, discovered that just shy of $10,000 was missing from the club's account -- and they believed McGrath spent the vast majority of it at places such as Costco and Walmart.
Hence, McGrath was arrested again in March 2014, and in recent days, the First Judicial District DA's office announced that she has pleaded guilty to a felony theft count that could net her two-to-six years in prison. If that happens, the punishment will be more severe than what she got for stealing from Metro Construction: Last September, records show, she received a probationary sentence in that case -- although she's on the hook for $156,000 in restitution.
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That's the way the volleyball bounces. Here's a look at McGrath's Jeffco mug shots.
First Judicial District Attorney