The treasurer of non-profit group, Por La Gente, has been charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with taking over $13,000 over the course of four years, according to a criminal complaint.
Por La Gente, which started in 1984, helps promote athletics and recreation in the Latino community in Racine, according to its website.
Arturo Garcia, 37, of Racine, was charged with three felony counts of theft from a business setting. Two counts were for amounts over $2,500, but less than $5,000 and the other count was for cash amounts of more than $5,000, but less than $10,000. If convicted of all charges, Garcia faces up to 13 years in prison and/or fined up to $30,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Por La Gente’s attorney contacted the Racine Police Department after they found “large sums of money missing” and believed that Garcia was responsible for the thefts. Garcia withdrew $3,7388 on Sept. 17, 2010, $3,755.36 on April 16, 2012, and $5,820.52 on Jan. 7, 2013.
Each time he completed the transaction, Garcia used his driver’s license and signed the back of the check, but Por La Gente didn’t give Garcia consent to keep the cash, according to the criminal complaint.
Garcia is not in custody at this time. An initial appearance for the case has been set for 1:30 p.m. June 25 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.