Like A Bad Penny, She’S At It Again

Woman who cheated umpires admits to defrauding Subway

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A woman with a history of swindling has owned up to her recent crimes.

Before her latest trial started, Bonnie Lynn Huffman, 42, admitted before the court she had taken thousands from a local Subway.

A day earlier, Huffman reportedly pleaded guilty in a Maricopa County courtroom, this time for shorting several dozen Valley Little League baseball umpires out of pay.

Huffman faces at least 7.5 years and up to 20 years in jail for her theft from the Walmart Subway.

Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill will sentence Huffman Oct. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Payson.

In Maricopa County, a judge has yet to sentence her.

The Roundup first reported on Huffman’s fleecing in March 2010 when the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Huffman and her husband, William Werner, at their Payson home on 35 counts of fraudulent schemes. The pair, owners of Arizona Desert Umpire, reportedly failed to pay dozens of Valley umpires for games they had officiated.

On Sept. 25, Huffman pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulent schemes in that case.

A day later, Huffman pleaded guilty to theft from Subway.

“She actually admitted straight to the court on the first day of trial without a plea agreement,” said Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores, who was co-prosecuting the case with attorney Ramai Alvarez.

The case swirls around accusations made by the owner of the Walmart Subway.

The owner reported the crime in December 2009 to local officers after he got two insufficient fund fees from the bank. Further digging revealed Huffman had pocketed $7,600 in cash instead of depositing it. She wrote three checks to cover the cash deposit balances, according to a police report.

At the time, the man was in the process of selling the franchise to Huffman, the store’s manager. The purchase agreement stated the store’s assets were not included in the sale.

When the store’s owner confronted Huffman, she agreed several times to pay him back, but never did.

She even presented him with a notarized written statement, stating she would pay the store $8,000 in cash. Again, the money never came.

When a Payson police officer questioned Huffman, she told him she wanted to pay back the missing deposits, but didn’t have the money.

A Valley detective investigating the umpire pay theft told a Payson police sergeant that Huffman had also made numerous promises in that case to pay back the money.

In both cases, it appears Huffman used the money for unspecified personal needs.

According to online court records, Huffman previously spent six years in jail for forgery and fraudulent schemes.

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