Cheerleading treasurer arrested for felony theft

Posted at 2:28 PM, Mar 17, 2016

A youth cheerleading association treasurer was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on felony theft and misuse of credit cards charges, according to Mentor police. 

Police reported Shannon Lewis, of Painesville, was the appointed treasurer for the Mentor Youth Cheerleading Association from April 2015 to June 2015. Records and other evidence from an investigation showed Lewis made more than $13,000 in unauthorized charges to the cheerleading account. 

According to police, the association didn't realize the money was gone until they went to buy uniforms for the girls. 

Mentor police Sergeant Richard Slovenkay told Lewis was using the money to pay bills and buy personal items.

"There was two checks she wrote out of the check book to herself and most of the charges were made on the debit card that she used for personal expenses," Slovenkay said.

Parents, like Enzo Sberna, said they can't believe it. 

"It's scandalous! I think she should have to pay all the money back, at the least," Sberna said.
Shannon Lewis is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on April 4. If she's found guilty, she could face fines and jail time. 

The case is pending, police said.