A Fairmont man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $10,000 from a local youth sports organization.
John Dahlia pleaded guilty to the single charge in Marion County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
West Virginia State Police said Dahlia used his position as treasurer for the East Fairmont Rockets football and cheerleading organization to make numerous purchases. Those purchases varied from fuel, food, pool care items, as well as items for his own consulting business, according to the criminal complaint.
Dahlia is a former Fairmont deputy mayor and has been treasurer of the Rockets since January 2013. He said he regretted his actions.
"I got mixed up with something that I couldn't control, and it turned out to be the worst decision of my life. My situation now has changed dramatically because of it. I lost my job, my family, my community," said Dahlia.
Dahlia said he wanted to give back to the community in whatever way he could, including paying $6,467 of restitution.
Judge David Janes sentenced Dahlia to six months of incarceration, suspended for one year of unsupervised probation.
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