BILLINGS - A Colstrip wrestling club coach who also has coached the Colstrip High School team and his wife have pleaded not guilty to charges they embezzled more than $19,000 from the club between 2009 and 2013.
The pleas came after Codey Currier, 37, and Stephanie Currier, 36, were charged in July, according to the Independent Press newspaper.
The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation began looking into the couple in April 2014 after Rosebud County authorities received a complaint that Stephanie Currier allegedly stole funds from the Colstrip AAU Wrestling Club while she was the club’s treasurer, according to Rosebud County court documents.
Stephanie Currier is charged with felony theft of property by embezzlement. Codey Currier is charged with felony accountability for theft of property by embezzlement.
Stephanie Currier initially told investigators that any money taken had been repaid, the documents state. Club officials said that Currier admitted to taking money. Currier had been treasurer since 2006 or 2007, but was dismissed when the allegations were made.
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During a 2013 meeting with club members, the Curriers admitted they had used AAU money but planned to repay it. They said the situation “snowballed” and “became bigger than they could handle.” Members voted to allow the Curriers to make restitution payments instead of pressing for charges, documents say.
Currier had periodically made payments that brought the outstanding balance of funds taken to about $10,000. The couple paid back that money shortly after the meeting, documents say.
Codey Currier was offered a contract to coach Colstrip High’s wrestling team for the 2015-16 season, but district Superintendent Bob Lewandowski said he hasn’t returned a signed copy, according to the Independent Press.
Currier was not listed on a staff directory on the school’s website.