Police: York USA youth soccer league official stole $63K

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

The former treasurer of the York USA youth soccer league is accused of embezzling about $63,000 from the league over a several-year period, according to police.

Timothy A. Herman, 51, of the 2100 block of Poplars Road in Dover Township, remains free on his own recognizance, charged with the felonies of theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized access device usage.

His formal arraignment in York County Court is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, according to court records.

Timothy A. Herman

"My client has been cooperative and forthcoming over many months, beginning well before these charges were even filed," Chris Ferro, Herman's defense attorney, told The York Dispatch. "We are in the process of seeking a negotiated resolution that satisfies all interested parties."

The York Unified Soccer Association (York USA) has its headquarters on Industrial Highway in Springettsbury Township, and it was Springettsbury Township Police that investigated.

According to charging documents, the league notified police in December 2017 that officers had become suspicious of Herman's accounting practices in July 2017.

Herman had been the league's sole treasurer since 2005, documents state.

The numbers: Board president Steve Clever and Cindy Mullin, a board vice-president, reviewed the league's finances, specifically its money-market and checking accounts, police said.

They reported to police that in August 2011, there was about $68,600 in the money-market account, but that by October 2017, that number had dropped to about $89, according to charging documents.

Township Detective Christopher Ford determined that between January 2011 and November 2017, Herman made 252 unauthorized debit transactions from York USA's account for personal items including auto repair, food and vacation expenses, documents allege.

He also wrote 62 unauthorized checks from York USA's checking account, either to himself or payable to cash, charging documents state, totaling about $49,700.

In all, about $63,400 was stolen, police said.

Herman, who is no longer treasurer of York USA , spoke with Ford in June and said he had sole access to the league accounts, according to charging documents.

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'Got behind' on debt: He admitted to writing unauthorized checks and making unauthorized withdrawals from York USA's accounts "over the years," documents state.

"Herman stated that he got behind on his personal credit cards," Ford wrote in charging documents. "As time progressed, the frequency of the thefts increased as Herman indicated that he 'could not get his head above water' financially."

Herman said the thefts began sometime around 2011 and increased in frequency around 2015, documents state.

Twice he deposited his own personal checks into the league's accounts to try to offset what he'd taken, police allege.

York USA league administrator Christyna Berry described the police investigation as thorough but declined further comment on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.