WHEATLAND – Platte County resident Kaitlin Tomi “KT” Hohnholt has been charged with theft, $1,000 or more, in the Circuit Court of the Eighth Judicial District in Platte County.
Documents held by the court indicated Hohnholt was charged Aug. 16 in the circuit court for an offense that stemmed from July of 2019.
The prosecution, represented by Platte County and Prosecuting Attorney Douglas Weaver, alleges Hohnholt wrongfully used funds or stole funds from an account for the Pork Hohnholt Memorial softball tournament.
According to the Criminal Affidavit of Probable Cause signed by Wheatland Police Officer Dalton Minsaas, “I, Officer Minsaas was requested to speak with a reporting party “RP” who is known but not named in regards to suspicion of wrongful use of funds or theft of funds in an account set up for a memorial softball tournament.
“The tournament was founded for the purpose of raising money to donate scholarships to members of the community for college,” the affidavit read. “Members of the community questioned the founder of the tournament identified as the Defendant (Hohnholt) about the number of scholarships that were given out since the start of the tournament in 2019...there was no answer from the Defendant which started the suspicion the money was not being used for its intended purpose.”
The affidavit indicates Hohnholt allegedly set up a bank account for the tournament in 2019. After hearing of suspicion about the account, the reporting party went to Platte Valley Bank and obtained bank statements from the start of the account, July 24, 2019.
According to the affidavit, the bank records, titled Pork Hohnholt Memorial Tournament, only showed one scholarship donated in the three years the account had been open.
Minsaas reviewed the account information with the reporting party, according to the affidavit, and recalled seeing only one scholarship paid out. The document also indicated several automated teller machine (ATM) withdrawals from the account, each for $200. The total amount withdrawn at ATMs amounted to $8,000.
In addition, Minsaas alleges there were multiple debit charges for restaurants and convenience stores in Wheatland and surrounding areas.
Minsaas wrote in the affidavit, “I observed the only authorized users of the account were the Defendant and the RP.”
On Aug. 10, Minsaas alleges he contacted Hohnholt at her residence to inquire about the charges on the account. Hohnholt purportedly told Minsaas, “the family had fallen on hard times and (I) used some of the extra leftover from the tournament to stay afloat.”
Hohnholt allegedly told Minsaas she had intended to pay it all back.
Minsaas indicated he added all the charges and ATM withdrawals from the time in question, leaving out any withdrawals or charges for supplies around the time of the tournament. The total of all payments and withdrawals amounted to over $10,000.
If Hohnholt is convicted of the offense of felony theft, she could face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Stay tuned to the Platte County Record-Times for more information on this case as it progresses. All parties accused of crimes are presumed innocent until they are proven guilty in a court of law.