Minnesota youth hockey association officer who stole $384K from group is sentenced to prison

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 11, 2013 - 10:57 PM

An Oakdale man is heading to prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars while he was treasurer for an amateur youth hockey organization, and then gambling at casinos in the hopes of repaying what he stole.

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klondikekidApr. 11, 13 2:28 PM

We now live in a world that is swarming with all kinds of non-profits and associations. When these entities are not advocating for public assistance (which is often) they are running all kinds of fund raisers in which people willingly give (for good reasons) to a wealth of different causes. How is it that more and more of these "causes" do not require at a minimum counter-signatures when appropriating funds? This story is as sad as it is ridiculous and much of the blame falls squarely on a public that does not require much in the form of accountability anymore.

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efrik1Apr. 11, 13 3:11 PM

What youth hockey association has that kind of money? When my son was playing we were constantly scrambling for money for ice time. Wow.

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wndwmkrApr. 11, 13 3:26 PM

Many of these associations are controlled by a very few with little or no accountability nor a system of checks and balances. If a perceived outsider or newcomer even questions anything you are suddenly a social outcast and your child becomes quite intimate with the bench.

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ladyarcadiaApr. 11, 13 3:52 PM

They twisted the story a bit here. He's clearly a compulsive gambler who initially stole the money to gamble, then gambled more to try and win it back. I strongly suspect he didn't suddenly turn to gambling in the middle of it to try and win back the money. I assume it was always about the gambling. A compulsive gambler with access to a lot of money is quite damaging.

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chastaylorApr. 11, 13 4:42 PM

2 Signatures, Hard Copy Receipts and an external accounting office to prepare financials might have made a difference. These organizations need to be ran as a business.

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spicebearApr. 11, 13 6:19 PM

Hmmmm... This guy stole thousands to support an addiction and he gets jail time while big bankers who stole BILLIONS and nearly wrecked the economy got to keep their bonuses and hobnob with Senators.

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