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Aug 19, 2013 11:14 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

6 Investigates: Missing Alice Cheerleader Money

ALICE - Parents of a competitive cheerleading squad in Alice lined up today to get money they say was owed to them by the gym's owner.

A mother of one of the cheerleaders claimed that Melissa Ramirez, the owner of 'First Class Tumble and Cheer' mishandled $9,000 - $12,000 of their uniform money. The payment for the uniforms was not received even though Martinez claims the check had been sent to the uniform company. The cheerleading season was canceled after the girls did not receive their uniforms. Martinez told us that the money would be returned today.

The money was returned to parents at 7pm Monday night. But what was supposed to be an easy day became chaotic because of what the parents called "bad book keeping."

Martinez blamed the confusion on one of her coaches, Alex Gonzalez. But one parent got upset and defended the coach. "He did not take the money. Alex was the one that brought it to the parents attention that money was missing," said a parent.

Gonzalez ended up showing up to defend himself against Martinez. "If I would have taken the money I would have ordered the girl's uniforms and none of this would have been going on. I will tell you that," said Gonzalez.

In the end, parents say they were just glad to have their money back.

"You gotta make your rights, you know, and she's making right by what she's doing so I'm pleased with that," said parent Nancy Ramirez.

As for Martinez, she says she is just glad this issue is done with and she never wants to go through this again.

The parents who filed police reports against Martinez a few weeks ago say now that they have their money they are going to withdraw their reports.

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