Healdsburg soccer league president takes plea deal

  • 4/5/2011: B1:

    PC: Kyle Hoffman makes his first court appearance in front of Judge Kenneth Gnoss April 4, 2011.

The former president of the Healdsburg Youth Soccer League pleaded no contest Monday to stealing the organization's funds, as part of a deal that will lessen his time in jail if he makes significant restitution.

Kyle Joseph Hoffman, 38, pleaded no contest to three counts of grand theft for each of the three years he was president and treasurer, from 2008 to 2010.

Under the plea agreement with prosecutors, he will be sentenced to nine months in jail, but may receive less time if he makes "substantial" restitution payments prior to the start of the soccer season.

His sentencing by Judge Ken Gnoss is set for Aug. 17.

"What's important to us is that the victim is made as whole as possible," Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said of the need to help restore the soccer league's finances.

She noted that Hoffman will be eligible for work furlough or home confinement, but the decision will be up to the judge.

Hoffman will also be placed on three years probation and if he violates the conditions, could face a maximum four years and four months in prison, according to Ravitch.

Hoffman was accused of taking more than $53,000 in 70 fraudulent transactions.

The league serves the greater Healdsburg, Geyserville and Alexander Valley areas for about 300 boys and girls ranging from ages 4 to 18.

Most of the soccer league's funds come from the registration fees paid by players' families, and are intended for field fees, uniforms, equipment and other costs.

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