The former president of a high school athletic booster club was arrested Tuesday in connection with the embezzlement of more than $69,000 from that and another Irvine organization for which she had served as a volunteer banker and bookkeeper.
Melissa Ann Kucera, 48, of Irvine was being held at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana on suspicion of embezzlement and grand theft, authorities said. Bail was set at $25,000.
"Basically the case is complete," said Sgt. Rick Handfield, an Irvine police spokesman.
An investigation began last month after parents and coaches at Woodbridge High School reported that thousands of dollars raised by the booster club for the school's baseball team had disappeared, Handfield said. They said profits from fund-raisers had declined, checks for weight-room equipment had bounced and part-time coaches had not been paid.
About the same time, parents of players in Irvine's Thundercats Baseball Team, an independent summer-league club to which some of the high school players belonged, discovered that their entire operating budget was gone. The money was to cover such things as uniforms and travel expenses for an upcoming tournament in Hawaii, authorities said.