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Police investigate soccer league finances

  • Jeff Hausman directs his Healdburg Phantom Sunamis U-10 team through a drill, Friday Sept., 3 2010. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2010

The Healdsburg Youth Soccer League is looking into financial transactions involving its longtime president, and the potential misappropriation of more than $35,000.

Healdsburg Police confirmed they have initiated an investigation to determine if there was a theft of league funds.

"It's a substantial amount," said acting Healdsburg Police Chief Kevin Young, declining to specify how much.

"X amount is alleged to have gone missing," he said. "We have to make sure part of this didn't go to legitimate expenses. We have to untangle all of that."

League officials said the inquiry focuses on former league President Kyle Hoffman, who wrote checks from the organization's bank account that did not appear bona fide.

"We found out he was writing himself some checks," said Aziz Zhari, the newly named league president.

Zhari said the checks Hoffman wrote had stated purposes that do not make sense.

One, for $3,400, was "for &‘taxes.' But we're a nonprofit organization. We don't pay taxes," Zhari said.

"He said he bought computers. We don't even have any computers for soccer," he said.

Zhari said there were other checks Hoffman wrote to himself, including almost $5,000 for "training coaches," and $2,400 for a "party for coaches" that was never held.

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