A Superior woman who allegedly took more than $20,000 from the Eagles Club in Superior for her own personal use made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court Nov. 12.
Patricia Marie Sloan, 54, faces one count of felony theft in a business setting. She was released on a $10,000 signature bond and ordered to have no contact with the Eagles Club.
The reported theft occurred between Jan. 1, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019, while Sloan was secretary of the Eagles Club. A number of unauthorized transactions took place during that time, including two large checks for $8,000 and $10,000 made out to “cash,” journal entries for auto insurance, a check used to pay $440.21 for Garth Brooks tickets and a $472.69 transaction at a local car dealer.
An investigation by Detective Chris Moe with the Superior Police Department revealed that some of the flagged transactions were payments made for Sloan’s personal debts. The cash was not accounted for in the Eagles Club records.
Sloan admitted to Moe that she took money from the Eagles Club over the last two years she worked for them. She denied keeping the proceeds from the two large checks, but told Moe that she took about $20,000 in small increments of $200 over a period of 18 months to pay for household expenses. Sloan also admitted to using the club’s bank cards for her own personal use, including the Garth Brooks tickets and repairs for a family member’s vehicle.
Her next court appearance is set for Dec. 14, according to online court records. The theft charge, a class G felony, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.