Saturday, June 1, 2013

Former Healdsburg soccer official charged with $51,000 embezzlement in California

A former Healdsburg Youth Soccer League president was charged Friday with three felonies in connection with the embezzlement of $51,000 from the organization.

Mitzi Giron, 30, is accused of stealing the money over an 18-month span ending in January and using it for personal expenses.

She is the second league president in less than three years to be accused of embezzling from the league. Her predecessor, Kyle Hoffman, 38, was sentenced to nine months in 2011 after being convicted of taking $58,000.

Giron, who was arrested last month but is out on $10,000 bail, is suspected of using the league debit card to withdraw money from its bank account from July 1, 2011, to Jan. 31. Authorities initially estimated the theft at $30,000.

She’s charged with grand theft-embezzlement, unlawful use of an ATM card and possession of a stolen property. She faces three years and eight months in jail if convicted, prosecutor Bill Brockley said.

Giron is expected to enter a plea at her next court date on June 17.

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