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UPDATE: Former athletic association treasurer sentenced to four years

Harry Jose pleads no contest to 3 charges

Posted: February 8, 2013 5:19 p.m.
Updated: February 8, 2013 6:44 p.m.

Harry Jose, shown above, pleaded no contest to 3 charges Friday and was sentenced to more than 4 years.

The man who pleaded no contest to stealing money from the Canyon Country Athletic Association while serving as its treasurer was sentenced to four years, four months in county jail Friday.

The sentence comes approximately two months after Harry Jose reneged on a deal whereby he would have served a one-year sentence and paid the association $100,000 in restitution.

Jose was supposed to have paid back $50,000 by early December but has yet to give anything back to the group, said Mike Harand, the current treasurer of the Canyon Country Athletic Association.

As a result, Jose again pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft and two counts of forgery on Friday, said Richard Gallegly, a deputy district attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

When a defendant in a criminal case enters a “no contest” plea, it means that he is not admitting guilt but will offer no defense against the charges. The person is then subject to the same punishment he would undergo if he pleaded guilty, but he retains the option of denying the same charge in civil proceedings.

The charges stemmed from allegations made by the Canyon Country Athletic Association, which filed a criminal complaint in 2009 accusing Jose of stealing $256,880 in athletic association club dues over a four-year period, forging numerous checks in the process.

Though Jose allegedly stole $256,880, he paid some of it back, Harand said, but Jose still embezzled a net of $140,000 from the association.

Harand also said the group, which runs a football league and cheerleading organization in the Santa Clarita Valley, is eager to move forward.

“This sort of is the last piece of a bad chapter for the association,” Harand said.

Jose was also sentenced in January to two years in jail after pleading no contest to grand theft in the case of a Sun Valley business where he worked. The firm alleged that he embezzled nearly $90,000 while employed there.

Jose will serve the two prison sentences concurrently in a county facility, Gallegly said.

A restitution hearing between the Canyon County Athletic Association and Jose is set for March 20, Gallegly said.
Harand said the Canyon Country Athletic Association is now seeking $140,000 in restitution as opposed to the original $100,000.

Jose is being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.
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