A local private basketball coach was indicted on theft charges Thursday after parents of his team’s players accused him of scamming them.
Daniel Richmond, 37, of Conway was charged with theft of property, a Class D felony, following the allegations.
Richmond coaches the Arkansas Falcons Basketball team in central Arkansas, which is a private team that includes players between second and eighth grade.
According to the team’s Facebook page, Richmond founded the team in 2015.
“This is a Non Profit Organization that’s strictly to create activity for the Youth during the summer,” a description of the team reads.
Two parents recently filed theft reports with the Conway Police Department stating Richmond scammed them of money that was to be used to fund a trip for their children to attend a trip to Disney Land along with other team members. According to their complaints, the trip was canceled after payments were made but money was never returned.
One woman reported giving Richmond $1,000 and another said she paid $500 for the trip that never happened.
According to the women’s statements, Richmond told parents that Crain Automotive Team would fund the trip and later asked parents to help cover costs.
“Richmond informed the parents they would be sponsored by Crain and then told them they would have to come up with $500 if they wanted their child to go,” the affidavit reads. “[One victim] stated she gave Richmond $500 cash sometime between 5/1/17 and 5/20/17.
“[The victim] stated she then gave Richmond an additional $500 for the trip in the same time period.”
The team was scheduled to leave out for Disney World in Orlando, Florida on May 26. However, the trip never happened.
According to reports, Richmond falsely led parents to believe his employer, Crain Automotive, would fund the trip and others he asked to provide money.
Sales Manager Jeff Morrison said the company has no affiliation with the team nor does it sponsor the team.
“That’s absolutely not true,” he said of Richmond’s claims.
Another parent said she gave Richmond $500 on March 31.
Both parents said they have spoken with Richmond via text since the thefts occurred but have not yet received a refund.
At one point, when asked when she would receive her $1,000, Richmond told the victim he would return the money soon but that he was occupied at the time due to a family member’s recent death.
“[The victim] gave Richmond some time and did not press the issue, but Richmond still has not returned her money,” the affidavit reads. “[The victim] stated Richmond will still text her from time to time and have a normal conversation, but as soon as the issue of money comes up, Richmond stops responding to her.”
This is not Richmond’s first run-in with theft accusations.
Court records indicate Richmond pleaded guilty to theft of property allegations on May 23.
The charge stemmed from services he scammed Freyaldenhoven Heating and Cooling into providing.
Richmond is currently set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 regarding his most recent theft of property charge.
The Log Cabin Democrat attempted to reach out to Richmond. However, calls were not returned by press time Saturday.