Healdsburg police send soccer embezzlement case to D.A.

Healdsburg Police have wrapped up their investigation into the alleged embezzlement of youth soccer league funds and are forwarding evidence of a potential felony to the County District Attorney's office.

The investigative report spells out the case against Kyle Hoffman, 37, the former Healdsburg Youth Soccer League president.

"We submitted it for review and a decision as to whether charges will be filed," said Police Lt. Kevin Young. "We believe there is probable cause" that a crime was committed, he said.

The District Attorney's Office confirmed that Hoffman is the subject of the investigation, and now must determine if the there is enough evidence to convince a jury.

Last summer, problems surfaced for the youth soccer organization when checks began to bounce and bills went unpaid. The league discovered it didn't have enough money in its accounts to cover the cost of white striping on the soccer fields.

Board members of the Healdsburg Youth Soccer League estimated at least $35,000 was missing.

They said Hoffman was writing checks to himself for questionable expenditures and asked police to investigate.

Those expenditures included a $3,400 check Hoffman wrote to himself for "taxes" even though the league is a non-profit that does not pay taxes, according to Aziz Zhari, his successor.

Another check, he said, was for $5,000 for "training coaches," and another $2,400 for "party for coaches," that no one was aware of.

Police said it took about six months to gather all the paperwork and get an accountant to audit the league's financial records going back two years.

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