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Former Athletic Director of Private Elementary School Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Athletic Fees

U.S. Attorney’s Office October 27, 2009
  • Western District of Kentucky (502) 582-5911

LOUISVILLE, KY—Patricia R. Willinger, age 62, of Louisville, Kentucky, pled guilty to a one-count Information filed against her on October 26, 2009, by the United States Attorney, charging her with mail fraud. Willinger admitted that, while employed as the athletic director for the Sacred Heart Model School, she misappropriated for her personal benefit and gain a substantial number of checks received from parents of students attending the school and the Catholic School Athletic Association. These monies were intended for the benefit of the Sacred Heart Model School as fees for athletic programs sponsored by the school or to reimburse the school for expenses it incurred when it sponsored such programs, United States Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today.

The maximum potential penalties are 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and supervised release for a period of 3 years.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Lesousky, and it was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The plea was entered before Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky.

Willinger is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Charles R. Simpson, III, December 11, 2009, at 3:30 p.m., in Louisville, Kentucky.