ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – Police arrested a husband and wife Wednesday on suspicion of embezzling from the Roseville Youth Soccer organization.
Heather Stanford, the former treasurer for the organization, and her husband, Christopher, both of Carmichael, are charged with stealing more than $173,000.
In November, organization officials notified Roseville police of their suspicions that the former treasurer stole a substantial amount of money from 2011 to 2012.
Investigators discovered that Heather had written checks on the organization’s account to her husband, made cash withdrawals and used the organization’s debit card to purchase items for personal use.
The couple is being held in the Placer County Jail on $173,000 bail.
“It’s a travesty that something like that could happen,” said Mike Kirkpatrick, a former Roseville Youth Soccer Coach.
Kirkpatrick coached in the league for several years and says he didn’t know Stanford, but knows the crime will eventually have a negative impact on the league and kids.
“We have to buy a lot of equipment on our own, and if those resources aren’t there, that’s just more that we have to pay out of our pocket and some coaches can’t afford that and that’s just equipment the kids dont’ have,” said Kirkpatrick.
Club organizers say the thefts would not affect the 2013 season.
Correction (4/19): An earlier version of the story incorrectly reported the alleged criminal activity by the Stanfords would seriously impact coaches and kids.