Although a man accused of stealing from an athletic booster club made restitution Tuesday, he may still face an indictment when the grand jury meets.

Michael A. Hamrick, 43, of Morgantown waived his right to a preliminary hearing in magistrate court Tuesday. At that point, he signed over cashier’s checks in the amount of $3,000 to the East Runners Club, the organization he is accused of embezzling the money from.

“He made restitution, which is his right,” Marion County Prosecutor Patrick Wilson said. “But that doesn’t excuse any criminal act.”

The next step in the process would be a consideration of the case before a grand jury. Wilson said that the next grand jury is scheduled to meet Monday, June 5.

Hamrick is the former president of the booster club, which is associated with the East Fairmont High School cross country and track teams.

Felony embezzlement is punishable upon conviction by one to 10 years in prison or one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

According to a criminal complaint filed last month, investigating officer State Trooper K.H. Trotten III said that between Sept. 10 and Oct. 24, Hamrick had cashed more than $3,000 worth of checks from the club’s account at Mon Valley Bank.

The booster club was formed last July, and Hamrick volunteered to serve as its president.

Other officers of the club contacted by the investigating officer said that “none of the money taken from (the account) had been used to provide any equipment of benefit to the track or cross country teams at East Fairmont High School.”

Last month, Hamrick appeared before Magistrate Hank Middlemas and was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

E-mail Misty Poe at mpoe@timeswv.com.

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