Former Healdsburg soccer president charged with theft

Six felony theft charges have been filed against former Healdsburg Youth Soccer League President Kyle Joseph Hoffman in connection with the apparent disappearance of as much as $58,000 in league funds.

Hoffman, 37, is scheduled to appear Monday in Sonoma County Superior Court for arraignment.

Prosecutors last week filed charges after a drawn-out investigation by Healdsburg Police that involved auditing Hoffman's and the league's bank accounts and the seizure of his computer and other records.

Healdsburg Police Lt. Kevin Young described it as a complex investigation. "The district attorney has reviewed it and directed the defendant to appear in court," he said, declining further comment.

Hoffman is charged with three counts of grand theft and three counts of making fictitious checks.

Problems surfaced for the youth soccer organization last summer when checks began to bounce and bills went unpaid. There wasn't enough money to cover the cost of white striping on the soccer fields.

Police were alerted by soccer league board members of apparent fraudulent transactions by Hoffman totalling $58,312.

About 300 boys and girls aged 18 and under play in the league. The organization's funds are derived primarily from the $110 registration fee paid by players' families, which is intended for field fees, uniforms, equipment and other costs.

League members said Hoffman, the president and treasurer for the organization, was the only one with access to the bank accounts. He wrote league checks to himself and deposited them into his own account, according to court record.

Many of the check's memo entries indicate they were written to reimburse Hoffman for league expenses, according to thet documents.

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