The theft case against Clarisa Garcia, who was accused of stealing more than $53,000 from the Alice Coyote Booster Club, was dismissed on Monday, June 19.
Alice Coyote Booster Club President Adrain Pena said in exchange for not going to court, Garcia made full restitution in the amount of $53,067.79 to the booster club, resigned as teacher from Alice school district, and will never work in Alice ISD or any other school district in Jim Wells County.
Pena walked out of the Jim Wells County Courthouse with a money order from Garcia, money which will be used for scholarships and athletic equipment as it was originally intended.
“Full restitution was not a guarantee if we went to trial,” Pena stated. “Taking full restitution out-weighed going to trial.”
In October 2015, Coyote Booster representatives reported to police that Garcia, am Alice ISD teacher and a former club treasurer, had allegedly stolen money intended for scholarships and athletic equipment. She was indicted on Aug. 19, 2016 by a grand jury for theft more than $30,000 under $150,000, a second degree felony.
Garcia was accused of mishandling booster club funds from July 2013 through September 2015. Garcia made purchases through booster's expenses at places like Victoria's Secret, Dillard's, Macy's, Bealls, and The Buckle etc., officials said in October 2015.
According to police documents, Garcia was accused of withdrawing $19,052 total over a period of time at an ATM, $3,000 in withdraws for unmatched events, $17,345.23 in illogical payees and $13,670.56 in disbursements that had no explanation with the club activities. An illogical payee is described as a beneficiary of funds that is not logical beneficiary of Booster Club funds in the ordinary course of business.
On Tuesday, June 13, Garcia and her attorneys, Juan Reyes and Terry Shamsie were in court for a pre-trial hearing where a disposition was made in front of District Court Judge Richard Terrell. Terrell had set the case for jury selection, but did not give a court date at the time.
According to Pena, the Coyote Booster Club came to an agreement when presented with the possibility of full restitution.
“Justice has been served the best it can be,” he said.