ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A mom with the Permian Basin Elite Volleyball Club is accused of stealing $21,604.19 from the team.
"We were doing the fundraisers and she was taking the money," said head coach Regina McKnight.
Tiffany Ann McClure, 35, was charged with felony theft on Tuesday. Police say she started taking money in November of last year. McClure was named team mom and handled all the money from fundraisers. McKnight says instead of depositing the money McClure would deposit a portion or none at all.
"It's very discouraging and its hurtful. We would ask her, 'hey, how much did we make?' and she would be like 'Well I'm just going to count it at home,' said Rosanna Falcon, a concerned parent. "That was the first red flag for me because you don't do that."
The situation escalated when the team took a trip to Hawaii for a tournament. They could barely afford to pay for the trip they had been fundraising for for months. Some parents are now suffering financially due to the missing money.
"It has just put them in a financial situation that we didn't have to be in. We knew that we didn't have to be in that financial situation," said McKnight.
Moving forward, the team has negative $10,000 to their name. They say they are shocked by what's happened and will be taking more precautions to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.
"Right now, we need to take a break from it. We need a break mentally. This has been mentally draining for all of us," said McKnight. "We are going to take a break from it. We will meet as a team to figure out what we need to do and where we need to go from here."
NewsWest 9 took a look into McClure's criminal history. She has some prior theft charges. The team's coach says they will start doing background checks on everyone who will be handling money. They also will have several parent's to verify how much was raised during their fundraisers. The team will start back up fundraising in the fall.