Woman Sentenced For Stealing Nearly $300K From Mansfield Little League

Austin York
January 22, 2020 - 2:25 pm
Jennifer Sue Witteveen

Credit: Tarrant County Jail

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MANSFIELD (1080 KRLD) - A woman will be going to prison after stealing some major league money from a Mansfield little league organization. 

Prosecutors say Jennifer Sue Witteveen, 52, of Arlington first began volunteering when her child was playing baseball with the Mansfield Youth Baseball Association. 

As the association’s treasurer, between January 2012 and July 2018 she illegally used her access to make unauthorized cash withdrawals and write fraudulent checks, which eventually added up to almost $300,000. 

Witteveen told detectives she stole the money to pay for family medical bills, but a forensic accounting analysis showed that she spent only two percent of the funds on medical costs, while spending much higher amounts on non-essentials such as $22,000 on Amazon purchases and almost $50,000 on fast food and restaurants.

“This defendant took advantage of her leadership position in a non-profit organization that was supposed to be all about helping kids and making the city of Mansfield a great place for children to grow up,” said White Collar unit prosecutor Johnny Newbern.  “Instead, she lined her own pockets.”

Witteveen plead guilty to the charge of Theft of Property, $150,000 - $300,000. 

Normally a 2nd degree felony, the charge was enhanced to a 1st degree because the victim organization was a non-profit.  Following a hearing, Witteveen was sentenced to 8 years in prison.