Loberto, 50, told police she met a man through Chemistry.com about a month ago and became emotionally involved with him. The man told her he was from Pennsylvania but was on a construction project in Africa, she said. He was having problems accessing his bank account and asked for her help.
Loberto cashed six checks totaling $9,400 from the Cats' account and bought MoneyGrams she sent to Ghana, according to authorities. Investigators have not determined the identity of the MoneyGrams recipient.
Loberto admitted forging a second signature on the checks and cashing them, authorities said. She has been charged with check fraud.
The Oaklyn Cats is a competitive cheerleading team for middle schoolers. Its members come from Oaklyn, Audubon, and Mount Ephraim.
Mount Ephraim and Audubon police launched a joint investigation Monday after they were notified about irregularities in the account. Mount Ephraim police are still investigating, Stillman said.
Melissa Lazada, a club spokesowoman, said its board would have no comment outside a statement in which they thank the groups supporters and said, "we are moving forward in a positive manner and confident our season will continue as planned."
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