SACRAMENTO — After a long investigation, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Carmichael woman who they believe embezzled more than $138,000 from a pair of local, youth-based, nonprofit organizations.
Jennifer Haymart remained in jail Wednesday night, awaiting her arraignment Thursday on five felony charges, including suspicion of embezzlement, grand theft and forgery.
Cops arrested 39-year-old Haymart Tuesday after a monthslong investigation.
“Multiple felonies, she is now being held in our jail on $125,000 bail. These investigations are very complex. Anytime you involve financial crimes there is a lot of moving parts,” said Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shaun Hampton.
The sheriff’s department said while Haymart served as treasurer she took more than $85,000 from Deterding Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization and another $53,000 from Carmichael Little League.
While she conducted fundraisers for the Orangevale JAX Titans baseball team Haymart also took $405 using the team’s PayPal account.
“We started the school year, we thought we had money. We received a couple of bounced checks and the dots sort of started connecting,” said Laura McHugh, the president of Deterding’s DREAM PTO.
McHugh worked alongside Haymart at the school and later discovered the alleged connection between Deterding and Carmichael Little League. That’s when she notified the sheriff’s department.
“When you’re on a parent organization you trust the people you are with and there are checks and balances in place,” McHugh said. “Sometimes people can be dishonest and go around those checks and balances.”
But McHugh believes the system ultimately worked, not just for the elementary school but for the little league too.
“That’s a lot of money, a lot of money. That’s like a year’s worth of fundraising for us,” McHugh explained.
Haymart will be in court Thursday at 1:30 p.m. for her arraignment.