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Cheerleading group founder faces more charges

August 29, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown cheerleading group founder who was convicted in 2004 for writing bad checks from the group's account has been charged with violating probation for allegedly altering the writing on a check in December, according to court documents.

Hagerstown Heat All-Stars founder Anna Lois Miles, 33, was released on personal recognizance Monday from the Washington County Detention Center, where she had been held without bond since Aug. 17 on three violation of probation charges, according to court records.

Miles was charged July 25 with forgery-private documents, uttering a false document and misdemeanor theft, charging documents state.

Miles allegedly took a check that Michelle Tapia made out to "Cheerz" for the group's monthly dues and cashed it in December 2005 to "Cheerz-Anna Miles," charging documents state.

Tapia is a Hagerstown Heat parent who assists with coaching and fundraising, charging documents state.

Miles' attorney, Eric Andrews, requested a review of Miles' no-bond status Aug. 17. According to court documents, Andrews said Miles is sole owner of "Cheerz and her actions did not evidence any intent to defraud."

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Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III, in a court order filed Monday, allowed Miles to be released from the jail on personal recognizance, but prohibited her "from participating in or having any contact whatsoever with any organization, any participant in any organization, any parents, or any children for the purposes of spectating, coaching, directing any cheerleading, gymnastics, sports or any other activity similar to these activities."

Boone sentenced Miles on Aug. 17, 2004, to serve six months in jail for writing about $24,000 in bad checks in late 2003 and early 2004, but modified her sentence Sept. 1, 2004, allowing her to finish that time on house arrest.

He suspended a nine-year, six-month state prison sentence and ordered her to serve three years of probation, the conditions of which prohibited her from getting involved in the finances for any extracurricular activities, court documents state. He ordered that she pay about $16,000 in restitution.

Elizabeth Bartholomew, public information officer for the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, said Monday that Miles has paid $9,363.92 in restitution and owes $6,637, which must be paid within 90 days of her February 2007 probation expiration date.

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