Woman resigns from Grand Mesa Little League amid Delaney Donates money scandal

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Nearly a year after her arrest, the woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Delaney Donates has been asked to resign from the Grand Mesa Little League.

Stella Garcia was arrested in June of last year after organizing softball tournaments intended to benefit the Delaney Donates Foundation.

We have previously reported that she was charged with keeping more than $15,000 in proceeds from the events.

For a little under a year now, the Grand Mesa Little League has stood behind Garcia. We're told they were led to believe the allegations against her would be cleared.

Now, as we head into her trial, slated for mid-August, the league is giving her the option to be voted out by the board or resign. We're told she chose the later.

The Grand Mesa Little League issued a statement following her resignation. They tell us in part:

"The allegations and charges made against Mrs. Garcia are related to an outside fundraising event, using our leagues fields and are in no way associated with Grand Mesa Little League. At this time Stella Garcia is no longer a member of the Grand Mesa Little League Board of Directors and is in no capacity affiliated with the league. We are appreciative of Stella's 23 years of service to the organization."

We're also told Garcia works with several other softball organizations around the Valley. Grand Mesa Little League tells us she also works with the Western Slope Softball League.

We reached out to them on their Facebook page for comment. They responded back: "There is no story here, why don't you try reporting on some real crime?" They also used the middle finger emoji.

Since our story was posted online, that Facebook page appears to have been deleted.

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