Soccer season is ramping up for thousands of kids in Spokane but behind the scenes at one youth soccer group a police investigation is underway after more than $100,000 was discovered missing.
Police are investigating the embezzlement of almost $140,000 from the Inland Empire Youth Soccer Association, or IEYSA. Court documents say that over a year-and-a-half period an IEYSA board member embezzled $139,000 from the soccer group's two bank accounts.
KXLY is not identifying that person because they have not been formally charged with a crime.
Back in late 2011, the board member told the board of directors the youth soccer group needed to change banks. That individual opened an STCU account for the group and documents say during a year-long period $42,000 were transferred from the soccer account to the board member's personal STCU account.
Three and a half weeks ago, the IEYSA director noticed a significant amount of missing funds and alerted police.
IEYSA declined comment on this story on-camera, but did say they reported the discrepancies as soon as they saw them and that business is operating as usual for the youth soccer organization.