Youth administrator accused of stealing $129,000

[LEGAL MATTERS] The former treasurer of the 1,400-player Columbus Youth Soccer Club in Georgia is accused of embezzling about $129,000 from the nonprofit recreational league.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that Joy Perez turned herself in to police after a warrant was issued for her arrest Oct. 29.

Club officials noticed discrepancies in accounts and financial reports in January and contacted the Columbus police, who recommended bringing in a forensics accountant, according to club president Brett Spillers.

The club has an annual budget of around $200,000. A $100,000 project to build a second set of restrooms, planned for the lower fields, will be delayed.

“We feel betrayed,” Spillers said. “She stole not just from the club but also from all those kids.”

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