A local couple has been arrested for allegedly stealing funds from the Madison County Youth Association (MCYA).
MCYA treasurer Michael Hawkes and his wife, Sherry, both 40 from Colbert, allegedly took over $10,000 from the organization and used the money on various personal expenses, such as groceries and a trip to Panama City. The stolen funds are from MCYA revenues such as fund raisers and children’s participation fees in MCYA activities.
The Hawkes are both charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
According to Sheriff Kip Thomas, the arrests followed a two-and-a-half month investigation, which was launched after MCYA board members contacted the office to report suspicious activities by the couple. Thomas declined to give a specific dollar figure on what was stolen, but he said it was over $10,000.
Both were released on separate bonds of $5,600.