Charges filed in Terrace-Brier Soccer Club theft

The Herald reports that charges have been filed in the $75,000 theft from the soccer club’s former treasurer.

Prosecutors on Monday charged Lynn Wyatt, 40, with first-degree theft. She is accused of stealing about $75,000 over three years from the all-volunteer, nonprofit organization.

Wyatt was arrested in March and later released. She is scheduled to be in court Sept. 14 to answer to the theft charge.

Prosecutors are handling the case as a major economic offense, based on the amount of money involved and Wyatt’s position of trust. That raises the possibility for extra punishment for Wyatt if she is convicted.

Club officials were surprised in February when checks written from their bank account were bouncing. They believed there was more than enough money to cover reimbursement checks for referees, the club’s president Tim Bressler said.

The popular south Snohomish County youth club serves about 700 children each year, ages 5 to 18. It spends nearly $70,000 each year for soccer field fees, referees’ pay, uniforms and other gear.

Investigators suspect that Wyatt wrote 106 checks to herself between June 2007 until February, when club officials confronted her about the missing money.

Read the rest at the Herald.

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