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Police investigating accused former Penns Valley athletics director Hosterman in connection with Mountain League checks

Don Hosterman
Don Hosterman CDT file photo

A longtime Penns Valley athletic director charged with stealing money from high school sporting events now is being investigated in connection with thousands of dollars missing from a local athletics conference.

State police filed a search warrant last month after Mountain League representatives found that Donald Hosterman, 68, wrote 27 checks to himself over four years totaling more than $24,000.

Hosterman served as treasurer for the league, and officials decided to check league books after learning Hosterman was accused of stealing money from Penns Valley.

League officials said “there was no legitimate reason” that Hosterman should have written himself checks, according to the search warrant.

League officials reported their findings to police March 19, and investigators looked into bank account records dating as far back as 2010. The search warrant included investigating statements, deposits and withdrawals for three bank accounts.

No charges have been filed against Hosterman in the Mountain League case, and investigators were not immediately available for comment.

Hosterman was previously accused of stealing $390.75 from school athletic events between Jan. 16 and Feb. 4, and was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

He was terminated from his position in February after school board members denied his resignation.

According to the criminal complaint, Hosterman reportedly confessed to taking cash from the admission receipts at Penns Valley games. Trooper Jeffrey M. Ebeck said Hosterman was also caught on surveillance cameras pocketing money.

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