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Founder of cheerleading group pleads guilty to theft

July 08, 2004

Sentencing was postponed for the founder of a Hagerstown cheerleading group who pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony theft in connection with a bad check she wrote on the group's account in December 2003.

Anna Lois Miles, 31, of 1700 Burwood Court in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The charge was related to a check she wrote that was drawn on the Hagerstown Heat All-Stars account in December 2003.

According to court documents, Miles wrote a $3,934 bad check for Corbi's Pizza packages bought from Gooh L.L.C., a fund-raising business.

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Miles said she was the founder of the cheerleading group and was the president of the group at the time the charge was filed, according to court documents.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III said that he would postpone Miles' sentencing until Aug. 17 when four other related charges will be brought before him.

"Wouldn't it make sense to hold it all on the same day?" Boone asked.

Boone said, "I think the real key here is restitution. I'm not real sure what the motive was."

Miles' attorney said that she has been working as a bartender to make money and has repaid $2,500 on checks that have not been prosecuted and $1,500 on checks that have been prosecuted.

Addressing Miles, Boone said, "Ma'am, I strongly suggest to you that you make as many payments for restitution" before the next court date.

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